Taiwan Says Sees No Signs of PLA Deployment Before President's US Trip

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TAIPEI (Reuters - There is no evidence of unusual military deployments by China's military in advance of President TsaiIng-wen's trip to the United States and Central America, a deputy Taiwanese defense minister stated on Monday.

China considers Taiwan its territory and staged war games on the island in August last year after Nancy Pelosi, then U.S. House Speaker, visited Taipei.

Tsai will fly to New York Wednesday for a stopover in Guatemala and Belize. She will be passing through Los Angeles on her return to Taiwan. There, she will likely meet Kevin McCarthy, the current House Speaker.

Po Horng-huei, Taiwan's deputy defense minister, answered lawmakers' questions. He said that China currently has three to four warships around Taiwan each day. This has already been called a "new norm".

He said that Taiwan should be ready for any possible changes in China's military deployment.

Po said that there was no indication of any military special deployment.