Taipei has accused China of disrupting peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits saying the Chinese army flew 57 warplanes and four ships between Sunday and Monday.
"The current four-month military service is not enough to meet the fast and ever-changing situation," says President Tsai Ing-wen.
Beijing had earlier expressed dismay over the US decision to include military assistance to Taiwan in its annual defence budget.
"This is a firm response to the escalating collusion and provocations by the US and the Taiwanese authorities," a People's Liberation Army spokesperson said.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2023 authorises President Biden to provide Taiwan with up to $1B per year in defence items from US stockpiles or other services such as military training.
President Biden visits TSMC's Arizona plant as Taiwanese chipmaker says it would more than triple its planned investment there to $40 billion, among the largest foreign investments in American history.
The MPs are scheduled to meet Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and other senior officials, according to the Weekend Australian.
Political conditions in both countries are quite favourable for the two leaders to build positive momentum and minimise the chances of a bigger conflict between the global powers.
The opposition KMT, which has maintained closer ties with China when in power, pledged to "work hard to maintain peace in the region", as its chairman declared victory at a press conference.
Taiwanese will be picking mayors, city council members and other local leaders in all 13 counties and six major cities. There's also a referendum to lower voting age from 20 to 18.
The panda was put under deep anaesthesia to take CT scans and the team decided to "let Tuan Tuan continue to sleep" after the results indicated his condition was "irreversible."
"It would be a political mistake, a geopolitical mistake, a strategic mistake," says Mark Milley, adding Beijing People's Liberation Army "doesn't have the experience, the background to do it."
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