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The US President said he does not expect further escalation as Beijing continues its exercises around the self-ruled island, ignoring calls to stop them.
US President Joe Biden on Monday expressed concern over China's extension of military exercises around Taiwan. but added that he did not expect further escalation of the tense situation.
Biden spoke to reporters after Beijing said it was conducting new military exercises around the self-ruled island on Monday, ignoring calls to stop them. The exercise began after the visit of Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
the exercise, the largest in Chinese history, will end on Sunday.
“I am concerned that they are so active. But I don't think they're willing to do more than that,” Biden told reporters at Dover Air Force Base.
Pelosi's trip to Taiwan last week is the highest-ranking visit by a U.S. official in recent decades – has angered Beijing, which views the island as part of its territory, awaiting reunification, if necessary – by force.
Since then, China has broken off a number of negotiations and cooperation agreements with the United States, primarily on issues climate change and defense.
He also deployed fighter jets, warships and ballistic missiles in what analysts called the practice of blockade and final invasion of the island.