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 TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China said it led military drills around Taiwan on Friday as a U.S. Legislative designation visited the island in a demonstration of help to an individual majority rule government, with Beijing faulting the legislators for raising strains with their "provocative" trip.


China's tactical sent frigates, aircraft and military aircraft toward the East China Sea and the region around Taiwan, the People's Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command said, in an explanation delivered as the legislators were holding a news gathering in Taipei.


"This activity is because of the new incessant arrival of wrong announces the United States on the Taiwan issue," it said, without referencing the meeting U.S. assignment.


"The U.S. terrible activities and stunts are totally worthless and exceptionally risky. The individuals who behave recklessly will consume themselves," it said.


China's Defense Ministry, in a different articulation, said the U.S. visit was "intentionally provocative" and had "prompted further acceleration of pressure in the Taiwan Strait".


Taiwan is an incessant wellspring of strain among Beijing and Washington.


Conservative U.S. Representative Lindsey Graham told Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen during the designation's gathering with her that the conflict in Ukraine and provocative way of behaving by China have joined U.S. assessment in a manner not seen previously.



"To forsake Taiwan is leave a majority rules system and opportunity," he said. "There's a backfire filling on the planet to thuggery - to the trouble makers."


Congressperson Bob Menendez, executive of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the innovation center point is a "nation of worldwide importance" and its security has suggestions for the world.


The bipartisan gathering of six legislators showed up for their two-day visit on Thursday, in a formerly unannounced outing.


Such visits, and a reference to Taiwan as a "country", consistently outrage Beijing, which excuses any idea that Taiwan is a country. China sees the island as one of its regions.

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