China considers Taiwan its territory and has indicated through repeated warnings that it would view a visit to the island by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a major provocation.
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan in an upcoming Asia-Pacific region tour amid heightened tensions between the US and China over Taiwan.
A joint statement by the so-called Quad bloc made no mention of China or Russia, but listed a range of activities that Beijing has regularly been accused of in the region and touched upon the Ukraine conflict.
The two Pacific nations have strengthened military ties against an assertive China, strengthening a US-backed political bloc against the Asian giant.
Experts argue that New Delhi, which operates the world’s sixth-largest economy, is taking economic measures to 'subjugate' its immediate neighbours like Nepal.
China claims Taiwan as its own territory and opposes any international engagement with the island that suggest a separate status, such as WHO membership and meetings with foreign government officials.
Leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation at virtual retreat agree to step up Covid-19 vaccination sharing efforts and take action to lower costly tariffs that complicate the movement of vaccines across borders.
Political and military tensions continue to escalate across the Indo-Pacific region due to China’s increasing regional clout and its economic expansion.
US President Joe Biden stresses importance of free Indo-Pacific region as concerns mount about China's assertion of power around the region.
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