|Joe Biden's response to China's massive military drills|
Biden, in his first public comments on the matter since Pelosi's visit, said he was not worried about Taiwan but worried about China's actions in the region. President of the United States (US) Joe Biden has responded to China's extension of its massive military exercises around Taiwan since Monday (8/8). "I'm afraid they're moving as much as they are," Biden told reporters in Delaware.
"But I don't think they will do anything more than them." White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also responded to China's action. He condemned the exercises held by China. "We've been cursing them ever since they started to improve," Jean-Pierre said. "They are provocative, irresponsible and increase the risk of miscalculation. And that's what he (the president) meant."
"In the face of military intimidation created by China, Taiwan will neither fear nor back down, and will more firmly defend its sovereignty, national security and a free and democratic way of life," the ministry said in a statement. Meanwhile, Taiwan's Foreign Ministry condemned the move, saying China, which claims the self-governing island as its own, is deliberately creating a crisis.
It demanded Beijing stop its military actions and "step back from the edge". Previously, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) extended its military exercises around Taiwan since Monday (8/8). The PLA's Eastern Fleet Command said the air and sea combat drills around the island of Taiwan were focused on anti-submarine warfare.