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China warn US to desist from sailing naval vessels through Taiwan Strait.

China called on the U.S. to refrain from sailing naval vessels through the Taiwan Strait, saying Beijing would take further action in the wake of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei.

China’s ambassador to Washington, Qin Gang, said Tuesday that China viewed such Taiwan transits as an escalation by the U.S. and an effort to support the separatist government in Taipei.

The warning was issued by Qin Gang, a Chinese ambassador to Washington, after Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts, a Democrat, completed the second trip on the island within less than two weeks.

The US side has done too much and going too far in this region, Qin said in response to a question about potential naval patrols. “I do call on our American colleagues to refrain, to exercise restraint, not to do anything to escalate the tension.

So if there’s any moves damaging China’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, so China will respond. China will respond.

The Biden administration has said it would conduct air and maritime transits through the Taiwan Strait after China responded to Pelosi’s trip with a series of military drills around the island, including likely firing ballistic missiles over Taipei. The U.S.

has long held that such transits, like congressional visits, are consistent with its “one China” policy not to formally recognize the democratically elected government in Taipei.

The Navy has conducted an average of about nine trips annually through the strait over the past decade, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, far fewer than the 100 navigations Qin said the U.S.makes each year. On July 19, the USS Benfold, a destroyer, made its last known crossing of the waterway.

Pelosi is also the youngest of the 149 Congressmen who visited Taiwan in the past ten years.

The Biden administration shouldn’t underestimate China’s resolve on the issue of U.S. congressional visits to Taiwan, Qin said, rejecting White House arguments that lawmakers could act independently.

Qin stated that these trips are against the US-China relationship.

Congress is part of the government of the U.S. it’s not an independent, uncontrollable branch, Qin said. Congress is obliged to abide by the foreign policy of the United States.

That’s why we we feel very frustrated and dissatisfied with Senator Markey’s visit to Taiwan. It’s provocative, it’s unhelpful.

According to Kyodo News Tuesday, an independent group of Japanese lawmakers plans to visit Taiwan next Wednesday. Sources familiar with this matter said that the Kyodo News report was based on information from people familiar.

The Defense Ministry in Tokyo had previously said that Chinese ballistic missiles landed in what Japan considers its exclusive economic zone after Pelosi’s trip.

Qin defended the Chinese military’s response to the trip, saying the drills were open, transparent and professional.

We are handling a serious fallout from Pelosi’s visit, Qin told reporters in Washington.

He warned the US not to underestimate the strong resolve, determination and the capability of the Chinese government and the people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Qin also downplayed the threat of an imminent Chinese attack on Taiwan, saying he wasn’t aware of a specific timeline.

People are over-nervous about it, he said, adding that speculation China had moved up the timeline for an invasion was baseless.

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Female suspect kidnapper was killed on the spot he said while 13 others were arrested.

A community leader, who did not mention his name for security reasons, confirmed the incident, saying the community were being terrorised by bandits.

A female kidnapper has been gunned down in Kaduna State by vigilantes.

The members of ‎Kaduna State Vigilance Service in collaboration with some youth gunned down a suspected female kidnapper and arrested 12 others in Lere Local Government Area of the state.

Daily Trust reports that the vigilantes had raided the kidnappers’ den located at Garun Kurama Ward in Mariri Unit of the LGA on Tuesday.

A community leader, who did not mention his name for security reasons, confirmed the incident, saying the community were being terrorised by bandits.

It was true that the suspected kidnappers were arrested on Tuesday. We are suffering from their activities in this area, he said.

Similarly, a vigilante, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the female suspect was killed during the raid around 3pm.

We arrested 13 kidnappers, from their hideout with the community youths. We destroyed the camp and one female suspect was killed on the spot he said.

According to him, those arrested were handed over to police.

But when contacted the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Mohammed Jalige, promised to find out about the incident and get back to our correspondent.

He has however yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

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One fears dead ad Army and Police clash in Osun state.

The popular Ajegunle Spare parts market in Osogbo, the Osun State Capital, was turned into a battleground during a clash between some uniformed soldiers and police officers.

The clash which occurred on Sunday, started when some soldiers and policemen in different vehicles refused to allow each other to pass through the market.

was gathered the show of superiority led to a clash between the two security agencies, resulting in a gun duel which lasted for more than ten minutes.

One policeman was reportedly injured during the clash, while spare parts dealers, traders and residents around the area scampered for safety.

A source who pledged anonymity told Homepage that the gun duel between the soldiers and the policemen created panic in the area.

The source said: Both of them did not want to reverse for the other to pass. The police officer identified himself while one of the three soldiers in the car still directed the policeman to reverse. His refusal led to the clash.

The police officer called Dugbe Police station while another three military personnel emanate from nowhere to join the other soldiers.

Another source within the market said a policeman was reportedly beaten by some soldiers to the surprise of any people that witnessed the incident.

The matter degenerated and there was an exchange of gunshots for some minutes. We closed our shops and fled the scene to escape being shot.

But the situation became tense when some police operatives from Dugbe Police Division, located a few meters away from Ajegunle spare parts market arrived at the scene and engaged the soldiers in an argument.

The incident occurred some around 5pm yesterday. We all fled from the scene to avoid being hit by a straight bullet.

The spokesperson for Osun Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the clash but said the matter had been resolved.

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