China War Talk Escalates As U.S. Helps Taiwan Build Homemade Submarines

Date: 11/24/20
By: John Feng

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China issued sharp warnings to the U.S. and Taiwan on Monday, reminding both governments not to take its threats lightly in the latest round of escalating war talk from Beijing.

Comments by the Chinese foreign ministry and a Communist Party newspaper came amid a Reuters report of an unannounced visit to Taipei on Sunday by Rear Admiral Michael Studeman, an intelligence director with Indo-Pacific Command.

The trip, which was confirmed by President Tsai Ing-wen's government in a vague statement, is the third known visit to democratic Taiwan by a high-ranking U.S. official since August.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters at a daily briefing Monday that China "will, according to how the situation develops, make a legitimate and necessary response."

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