Morning brief: China threatens war on Taiwan, Biden unveils migration plan and more

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe warned the United States on Friday that Beijing “would not hesitate to start a war” if Taiwan declared independence. The warning came as he held his first face-to-face meeting with his US counterpart, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

China talks tough and says it ‘won’t hesitate to start war’ on Taiwan

Wei warned Austin that “if anyone dares to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese military will certainly not hesitate to start a war, no matter what the cost,” the ministry spokesman said. Defense, Wu Qian, citing the minister at the meeting.

North Korea appoints veteran diplomat as first female foreign minister

Choe, who previously served as the North’s deputy foreign minister, was tapped to head the foreign ministry at a ruling party meeting overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, state media KCNA reported. She replaces Ri Son Gwon, a hardline former military official who previously held talks with the South.

Covid-19: Moderna vaccine effective and safe for children under 5, according to

US Food and Drug Administration scientists said in a new analysis of data released Friday that Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective for young children and infants. At a meeting next week, the FDA’s external advisers will review that information and decide whether to approve the company’s vaccine for babies and children under five.

Biden unveils migration plan on final day of Americas summit

US President Joe Biden on Friday unveiled a new set of measures to address the regional migration crisis. The unveiling took place during the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. Twenty countries joined Biden for the unveiling ceremony, but several more stayed away.

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