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APEC over, Taiwan reports renewed Chinese military activity


Taiwan reported renewed Chinese military activity around the island on Sunday, with nine aircraft crossing the sensitive median line of the Taiwan Strait and warships carrying out "combat readiness patrols".

Democratically-governed Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has complained for the past four years of regular Chinese military patrols and drills near the island, as Beijing seeks to pressure Taipei over its sovereignty claims.

With Chinese President Xi Jinping in San Francisco last week for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, where he met U.S. President Joe Biden, the scale of that military activity around Taiwan had scaled off.

But Taiwan's defence ministry reported that starting onSunday morning it had detected nine Chinese aircraft crossing the Taiwan Strait's median line, which had previously served as an unofficial barrier between the two and which Chinese planes now regularly fly over.

The aircraft involved included Su-30 and J-10 fighters, as well as early warning and electronic warfare aircraft, the ministry said.

The aircraft were accompanying Chinese warships carrying out "joint combat readiness patrols" it added.

Taiwan sent its own forces to monitor, the ministry said.

China's defence ministry did not answer calls seeking comment. China says its activities near Taiwan are aimed at "collusion" between Taiwan separatists and the United States and to protect China's territorial integrity.

Taiwan's government, which has repeatedly offered talks with China, rejects Beijing's sovereignty claims and says only the island's people can decide their future.

Taiwan was a major focus of the Biden-Xi talks in San Francisco.

Xi told Biden during their four-hour meeting on Wednesday that Taiwan was the biggest, most dangerous issue in U.S.-China ties, according to a senior U.S. official.

Taiwan holds presidential and parliamentary elections on Jan. 13, with the island's fraught relations with China an important topic on the campaign trail.

Over the past year and a half China has staged two large-scale war games around Taiwan, though China's air force has not flown over the island or into its territorial air space.

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One more example that brings doubt that Xi has full control over China's rogue military...

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Thar was very normal. The Americans and her vassal militaries in Pacific were doing the same as well. You know the military maneuvers between China, US & Russia is a kind of communication in actions. It is essential to make sure the other side understood what that means!

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Some neighbors just don't lije the others, NATO members like Turkey and Greek doing military maneuvers at each other over the seas between them, they have historic reasons for such behavior. Don't blame everything on China, the Chinese has their views over her neighbors and the history reasons.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

One more example that brings doubt that Xi has full control over China's rogue military...

Nope. This is dictator for life Xi, doing what Xi does.

Showing APEC - and the whole region - he doesn't care one bit about peace.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

I actually think if there excerpts were an invasion it’d be the PLA and not Xi. That said I don’t think there ever will be war over reunification.

Money is the weapon. It’s economic leverage. The military exercises are only for show for the Western allies. Orherwuse known as what you all describe as all bark and no bite or a paper Tiger. It’s just a deterrent. China U.S. not going to bomb their own.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Nobody is planning to attack China. What makes the CCP so afraid? It isn't like Japan, Taiwan or the USA would attack the mainland.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

If they aren't afraid, why the massive military build up and hassling neighbors all the time?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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