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8/18, 1:27 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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China sends more ships, planes around Taiwan

Taiwan's Ministry of Defense stated on Thursday it has noticed 51 Chinese aircraft and six ships in close proximity to Taiwan during the day.

The move comes after a recent visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as a result of which Beijing started its military drills around the island, claiming it would crush any potential secessionist attempt by Taiwan.

Earlier in the day, the US and Taiwan announced they have started trade negotiations, while the first meeting is scheduled for fall this year.

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