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US announces trade talks with Taiwan, island drills military

The announcement comes after Beijing fired missiles into the sea to intimidate Taiwan after U.S.

US announces trade talks with Taiwan, island drills military
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The U.S. government on Thursday announced trade talks with Taiwan in a sign of support for the island democracy China claims as its own territory, prompting a warning by Beijing that it will take action if necessary to "safeguard its sovereignty."

The announcement comes after Beijing fired missiles into the sea to intimidate Taiwan after U.S.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this month became the highest-ranking American official to visit the island in 25 years.

Chinese President Xi Jinping's government criticized the planned talks as a violation of its stance that Taiwan has no right to foreign relations. It warned Washington not to encourage the island to try to make its de facto independence permanent, a step Beijing says would lead to war.

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