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DIRECT. Taiwan military says 68 planes and 13 Chinese warships crossed ‘median line’ of strait

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2:04 p.m. : It’s time for a new update on the news:

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has activated an interministerial crisis unit to deal with the lack of water. “More than a hundred municipalities in France” are deprived of drinking water, announces the Minister for the Ecological Transition.

China continues its military maneuvers around Taiwan. The Taiwanese military says 68 Chinese fighter jets and 13 warships today crossed the “median line” which bisects the Taiwan Strait.

Parliament has definitively adopted the second part of measures on purchasing power, which provides in particular for the revaluation of the index point of civil servants, the redemption of RTT not taken or the end of the fee.

• Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announces that he has appealed to the Council of State against the suspension of the expulsion of Imam Hassan Iquioussen. The administrative court of Paris had suspended the expulsion demanded by the minister last week, considering that it “would cause a disproportionate interference with his private and family life”according to his lawyer Lucie Simon.

1:50 p.m. : The Taiwanese army claims that 68 Chinese fighter jets and 13 warships crossed the “median line” which cuts the Taiwan Strait in two, during military exercises led by Beijing. “We condemn the communist army which deliberately crossed the middle line”the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

12:52 p.m. : Beijing announces temporarily suspending or ending its cooperation with the United States on several issues, in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. This concerns in particular maritime security, climate change, the repatriation of illegal migrants, justice, international crime and the fight against drugs.

12:06 : Let’s recall the main news of this Friday:

• The heat wave is receding: only nine departments remain on “heat wave” orange vigilance out of the 26 concerned yesterday. On the other hand, five were placed on thunderstorm vigilance for this afternoon. And Elisabeth Borne has activated a drought crisis unit.

China is continuing its military maneuvers around Taiwan, after firing missiles yesterday, some of which fell into Japanese waters. Washington believes that Beijing “overreacts” to Nancy Pelosi’s visit.

Parliament has definitely adopted the second part of measures on purchasing power, which provides in particular for the revaluation of the index point of civil servants, the redemption of RTT not taken or the end of the fee.

11:15 a.m. : China announces that it will “impose penalties” to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and “his immediate family”, without giving further details. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that she has “seriously interfered in China’s internal affairs and undermined its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

09:57 : It’s time for a reminder of the main news of the day:

• The heat wave is receding: only nine departments remain on “heat wave” orange vigilance out of the 26 concerned yesterday. On the other hand, five were placed on thunderstorm vigilance for this afternoon. And Elisabeth Borne has activated a drought crisis unit.

China is continuing its military maneuvers around Taiwan, after firing missiles yesterday, some of which fell into Japanese waters. Washington believes that Beijing “overreacts” to Nancy Pelosi’s visit.

Parliament has definitely adopted the second part of measures on purchasing power, which provides in particular for the revaluation of the index point of civil servants, the redemption of RTT not taken or the end of the fee.

09:20 : Jean-Louis Bourlanges, MoDem MP and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, considers for his part on LCI that France must follow the American position on Taiwan: The military issue is an issue between China and the United States. (…) In terms of Taiwan, it is not the military gestures that we could make that are decisive.” Nancy Pelosi’s visit cannot be considered “as a dangerous act”he adds.

09:19 : When there is a territorial dispute of this nature, it must be settled within the country in question. I believe that the United States has nothing to do in going to throw oil on the fire, which necessarily translates into a response that we are witnessing today.

LFI deputy Manuel Bompard, on RTL, expresses the same position as Jean-Luc Mélenchon on the subject of rising tensions around Taiwan, accusing the United States of having poisoned the issue. He says stick to the policy “from one China” and therefore of non-recognition of Taiwan, which Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna also mentions in Releasebut with tougher words for Beijing.

08:27 : Catherine Colonna also evokes the tensions around Taiwan in this interview with Release, recalling that France does not recognize the independence of the island, but defends a status quo. China “would be very misguided” to invade Taiwan, warns the head of French diplomacy, who believes that“it doesn’t seem to be his temptation at the moment”.

07:23 : Chinese maneuvers have resumed around Taiwan. “Multiple groups of Chinese warplanes and warships” have crossed the median line of the strait which separates the island from China since 11 a.m. (5 a.m. in Paris), says the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense.

07:31 : Last night, the White House had already reacted to the Chinese exercises, believing that Beijing had “chose to overreact” to Nancy Pelosi’s visit. She announced the postponement of an intercontinental ballistic missile launch to avoid fueling tensions. And decided, on the other hand, that the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reaganwhich is currently in the Philippine Sea, would remain “a bit longer than expected” in the area for “monitor the situation”.

07:31 : The world recounts this morning the embarrassment of Japan but also of South Korea, the two countries visited by Nancy Pelosi since her visit to Taiwan, about this visit which has rekindled tensions. South Korean President Yoon Seok-youl, however in favor of a close alliance with Washington, chose not to meet her, preferring a telephone conversation: “It would have been embarrassing for Mr. Yoon to meet Nancy Pelosi at a time when the United States and China are playing one-upmanship”explained his party.

07:32 : Chinese military exercises put Japan, some of whose islands are a hundred kilometers from Taiwan, in a delicate situation – yesterday, five of the missiles fired by China fell in the waters of its exclusive economic zone. These shots are “a serious problem that affects our national security and that of our citizens”, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said last night after meeting with Nancy Pelosi. He called to “immediate stop” exercises, supposed to last until Sunday.

07:33 : “They won’t isolate Taiwan by preventing us from going there. We had high-level visits, from senators in the spring, in a bi-partisan way…and we won’t allow them to isolate Taiwan. “

From Tokyo, where she is for the last leg of her Asian tour, Nancy Pelosi reacted last night to the Chinese military maneuvers that followed her visit to Taiwan. She ensures that her visit “was not meant to change the status quo here in Asia, to change the status quo in Taiwan”.

06:11 : Let’s start by recalling the main news of the last few hours:

The heat wave continues today in the Southeast, but temperatures should drop during the day. Météo France lifted orange vigilance in 15 of the 26 departments that remained concerned.

China is continuing its military maneuvers around Taiwan, after firing missiles yesterday, some of which fell into Japanese waters. A response to the visit of the American Nancy Pelosi to this territory claimed by Beijing.

Parliament has definitively adopted the second part of measures on purchasing power, which provides in particular for the revaluation of the index point of civil servants, the redemption of RTT not taken or the end of the fee.

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