The US, Australia and Japan urge China to cease military exercises around Taiwan – as it happened

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Here’s a summary of the latest developments as it passes 2pm in Taipei.

Christopher Twomey, a security scholar at the US Naval Postgraduate School in California, told Reuters the severing of the communication links was worrying, coming at what he believed was the beginning of a new Taiwan crisis.

“That is precisely the time you would want to have more opportunities to talk to the other side … Losing those channels greatly reduces the ability of the two sides to de-conflict military forces as various exercises and operations continue.”

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