Taiwan, “Chinese jets beyond the midline of the Strait”, Singapore Airlines cancels flights
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Taiwan, “Chinese jets beyond the midline of the Strait”, Singapore Airlines cancels flights

“The US will not allow China to isolate Taiwan,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Tokyo. Singapore Airlines cancels flights to and from Taiwan: priority is staff safety.

Tension between China and the US is growing over Taiwan. Singapore Airlines today decided to cancel flights to and from Taiwan due to “increasing airspace restrictions” due to dangerous Chinese military exercises. “The safety of our staff and passengers is our priority,” said the airline spokesperson in an interview with CNA Asia.

Chinese planes and warships crossed the “midline” of the Taiwan Strait on the second day of military exercises in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei. The island’s defense ministry in a statement described the latest maneuvers as “highly provocative”. Starting at 11 local time (5 in Italy), “more Chinese warplanes and warships have conducted exercises around the Taiwan Strait and crossed the midline of the Strait”, the ministry said.

Twenty-two military jets would have crossed the midline of the Taiwan-China strait into airspace managed by the Taipei defense. These are – according to the media – 12 Sukhoi Su-30 fighters, 8 Shenyang J-11 and 2 Shenyang J-16.

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The US “will not allow” China to isolate Taiwan, said the speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who is currently in Tokyo for the last leg of her tour in Asia. “They may try to prevent Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they will isolate it by preventing us from traveling there. We have had high-level visits, senators in the spring, continuous visits and we will not allow them to isolate Taiwan,” said Pelosi.

The speaker of the US House of Representatives denied claims that her disputed visit to Taiwan was motivated by personal interests. “This is a ridiculous belief,” she said. “It’s not about me, it’s about Taiwan. It’s about saying ‘let’s celebrate Taiwan'”.