Pelosi says US will ‘not abandon’ Taiwan as China begins military drills


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During a historic trip to Taiwan, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her visit was aimed at making it “unequivocally clear” that the United States “would not abandon” the democratically-ruled island. China responded to Pelosi’s trip by launching military exercises, which China’s Defense Ministry says began with drills both on the seas and in the airspace surrounding Taiwan. Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said 27 Chinese warplanes entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone and 22 planes crossed the median line dividing the Taiwan Strait, a number not seen since Taiwan began releasing information. about China’s air raids about two years...