Taiwan Confirms Presence of US Troops; NATO Increases Presence on Russia's Border
08:26 GMT 29.10.2021 (Updated: 19:56 GMT 18.10.2022)
Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen confirmed the presence of US military personnel on the island in a statement that many consider crossing China's red line.
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