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G20 Summit

Taiwan's Wu urges partners to step up South China Sea exercises

On G-20 sidelines, top diplomat says island at 'front line of democracy'

Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu speaks in Prague on Wednesday during a trip around Europe.   © Reuters

ROME -- Ahead of a visit by his Chinese counterpart to the Italian capital for G-20 meetings, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu used a virtual address to Rome on Friday to berate Beijing over recent belligerent actions toward the democratic island.

Wu called on countries friendly to Taiwan to use freedom of navigation exercises "more often, and in higher intensity" in the South China Sea to counter Chinese aggression and excessive maritime claims.

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