China holds military drills around Taiwan as ‘punishment’

Taiwan’s foreign ministry has urged China to “be rational” and to “stop undermining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”.

“Taiwan will maintain its democratic ideals and will not change due to pressure from neighboring countries.

“Our country is the bulwark of the world’s democratic and free systems,” the ministry said in a regular press conference on Thursday, adding that it will strengthen ties with partners that share its ideals.

Meanwhile Taiwan’s defence ministry said it “stands ready with firm will and restraint”.

“We seek no conflicts, but we will not shy away from one. We have the confidence to safeguard our national security,” it said in a post on X.

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