China rages against Bolton meeting with Taiwan as anti-invasion drills begin on the island

Taipei, Taiwan (CNN)The Chinese government has slammed Washington for engaging with Taipei and ordered the Trump administration to cease diplomatic engagements with the island, after a highly unusual public meeting between top officials from the US and Taiwan. “The one-China principle is the political basis for China-US relations,” Lu said. “We are firmly against the US engaging in any official contact with Taiwan in whatever form and under whatever pretext. “We also stand resolutely against any attempt to create ‘two Chinas’ or ‘one China, one Taiwan.’ This is our clear and consistent position.” As the China and US engage in a tense trade war, however, Washington has been building closer ties with Taiwan, the island that China views as a …

New model of weapon identified in latest North Korean tests, South Korean officials say

(CNN)North Korea tested “long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons” on Saturday in a “strike drill” overseen by the country’s leader Kim Jong Un, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency. In an earlier statement, South Korean officials said several short-range projectiles flew 70 to 200 kilometers (43 to 124 miles) before crashing into the sea. The launches took place between 9:06 a.m and 9:27 a.m. local time Saturday (8:06 p.m. to 8:27 ET Friday). The test is understood to be the first missile launch from North Korea since late 2017 — and the first since US President Donald Trump began meeting the country’s leader. The move could escalate tensions with the United States, coming two months after …