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A senior United States official has declared that the Taiwan crisis is not over yet.

The comment comes as Beijing announces it will continue its military manoeuvres around Taiwan without any end date as its forces prepare for a “joint encirclement” of the island.

A People’s Liberation Army member watches military exercises, with Taiwan’s frigate Lan Yang in the background.Credit:Xinhua

After four days of military exercises that forced the diversion of some commercial shipping and aviation, China’s Eastern Military Command yesterday stated that it would extend its operations into a new phase.

Chinese Communist Party propagandist Hu Xijin, a former Global Times editor-in-chief, wrote: “Sealing off the island has become a reality that can be staged at any time, and the lifeblood of Taiwan is clearly in the hands of mainland China.”

However, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy…

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