TAIWAN CRISIS – Tensions rise as China begins fresh war games around Taiwan

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The Chinese army Monday said it would carry out fresh air and marine military drills around Taiwan amid growing tensions as a United States congressional delegation visited the disputed island.

The previously unannounced visit by five members of the American congress, which began on Sunday, comes 12 days after a trip by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said the trip was akin to the United States interfering with the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China.