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Taiwan tensions: China condemns ‘manic’ visit as Pelosi continues tour

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By Alys Davies

(BBC) – China’s foreign minister has called US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan “manic, irresponsible and irrational”.

At a meeting of Southeast Asian countries, Wang Yi defended China’s military drills in the seas around Taiwan, held in response to the visit.

China reacted by launching its biggest ever military exercises in the region.

Ms Pelosi is the most senior US politician to visit the island in 25 years.

Her decision to stop at the island has enraged Beijing, which considers Taiwan to be a breakaway province of China.

The US does not officially recognise Taiwan, but it does maintain a strong relationship with the island, which includes selling weapons for Taiwan to defend itself.

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