AIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s leader on Friday said China and Russia are “disrupting and threatening the world order” through Beijing’s recent large-scale military exercises near the island and Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn meets with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, Taiwan on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. Blackburn met with Tsai on Friday, in the second visit by members of Congress since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip earlier this month sharply raised tensions with China. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP) © Provided by Associated Press President Tsai Ing-wen was speaking during a meeting in Taipei with U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, who is on the second visit by members of Congress since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip earlier this month. That visit prompted China to launch the exercises that saw it fire numerous missiles and send dozens of warplanes and ships to virtually surround the island, including across the center line in the Taiwan Strait that has long been a buffer between the sides.In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen meets with U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn in Taipei, Taiwan on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. Blackburn met with Tsai on Friday, in the second visit by members of Congress since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip earlier this month sharply raised tensions with China. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)China claims Taiwan as its own territory to be brought under its control by force if necessary. Beijing has also boosted relations with Russia and is seen as tacitly supporting its attack on Ukraine. In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn exchange gifts with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen during a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. Blackburn met with Tsai on Friday, in the second visit by members of Congress since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip earlier this month sharply raised tensions with China. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP) © Provided by Associated Press

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