TAIPEI (REUTERS) – Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry expressed its “sincere gratitude” towards the United States for taking “concrete actions” to maintain security and peace in the Taiwan Strait and the region.

The statement, released on Saturday (Aug 13), came in response to comments from US Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell, who said Friday (Aug 12) that China “overreacted” to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

The ministry said China’s “unprovoked military and economy intimidation” had “further strengthened the unity and resilience of the global democratic camp”.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said Thursday (Aug 11) that China’s threat of force is undiminished, even though Beijing’s largest- ever military drills around the island following Mrs Pelosi’s visit last week seemed to be scaling down.