White House condemns Chinese launch of missiles near Taiwan

FILE PHOTO: John Kirby, U.S. National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications, speaks to reporters during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 23, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

(Reuters) – The White House on Thursday condemned China’s decision to launch live missiles near Taiwan as “irresponsible” and said it expected Beijing would continue to react in the coming days to a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“Beijing’s provocative actions are significant escalation and its long standing attempt to change the status quo,” national security spokesperson John Kirby told a briefing.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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