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US-China tensions

Taiwan says it will appropriately field forces to counter 'threats'

Tensions mount over Pelosi's anticipated visit to self-governed island

Taiwanese fighter jets release flares during a drill in the southern county of Pingtung on July 28.   © Reuters

TAIPEI (Reuters) -- Taiwan's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday they have a full grasp of military activities near Taiwan and will appropriately dispatch forces in reaction to "enemy threats" as tensions rise with China.

The ministry said in a statement that it has the "determination, ability and confidence" to ensure Taiwan's national security, adding it has made various unspecified plans for an emergency.

Earlier on Tuesday, several Chinese warplanes flew close to the median line of the sensitive Taiwan Strait, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters, as tensions mounted on news U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was set to visit Taiwan during the day.

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