The situation in the Taiwan Strait continues to be tense. Beijing’s People’s Liberation Army has announced that it will conduct exercises at the north and south ends of Taiwan. Taiwan has also increased its defense expenditure by 10% in response to military threats and plans to purchase US cruise missiles.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry says that maintaining diplomatic borders and maintaining strategic trust with India are China’s diplomatic priorities. In response to a question from the state-run news agency, Xinhua, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in the coming time, China will try to expand ‘shared interests’ with its neighbors.
The United States has imposed sanctions on several figures of the Communist Party of China (CPC) for violating the human rights of Uighurs and other Muslims. Beijing has already reacted and promises to retaliate against Washington, further increasing tension between the two largest world powers.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, in a routine press conference, that Americans who “behave badly” on Tibet-related issues would be restricted from visiting the far west, predominantly Buddhist region. This was seen as another tit-for-tat on visa restrictions between Washington and Beijing.
The controversial Hong Kong security law is about to be implemented. China has refused to cancel it, as proposed by various western nations, and it is now threatening American critics with visa restrictions. It is a move similar to what had been taken before by Washington towards China’s proponents of the controversial law.
Brazilian Ambassador Nestor Foster is the second member of President Jair Bolsonaro’s delegation to test positive for Covid-19. Foster also had close contact with the US President. The first positive case of a member of the Brazilian delegation was Bolsonaro’s spokesman, Fábio Wajngarten .