57259
Chinese Aircraft Carrier Enters Taiwan Strait
Chinese Aircraft Carrier Enters Taiwan Strait

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Enters Taiwan Strait

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Enters Taiwan Strait

Taiwan has scrambled jets and navy ships to track a group of Chinese warships sailing north through the Taiwan Strait. Beijing’s move has been seen as a show of strength amid deteriorating ties.
Taipei said on Wednesday that China’s aircraft carrier entered the Taiwan Strait and heightened tensions, as the bitter divide between the two rivals approached the boiling point, Deutsche Welle reported.
The Taiwanese government has urged its citizens to remain calm and said both its own F-16 fighter jets and Japanese military surveillance were closely keeping tabs on the situation.
“The military is monitoring the whole situation and will act as necessary. We urge Taiwan’s people to be at ease,” read a statement from the Defense Ministry.
Chang Hsiao-yueh, Taiwan’s minister of the Mainland Affairs Council said on Wednesday that 2017 would be a challenging year for ties with China.
“Any threats would not benefit cross-strait ties,” he said.
The Liaoning, China’s only aircraft carrier was dispatched to the South China Sea last month in a visit to territory disputed among several regional neighbors, which Beijing claims as its own.
As it made its return on Wednesday, it sailed along the line dividing the Taiwan Strait between what is considered its own territory and that belonging to Taipei. Some saw the move as a statement that China is willing to back up its territorial claims with military means, if necessary.
Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, told reporters on Wednesday that he had no information on the Liaoning’s passage through the Taiwan Strait.
“Looking ahead in 2017, the development of cross-strait relations faces increased levels of uncertainty and the challenge of risk has risen,” he said at a bi-weekly briefing.
Commissioned in 2012, the Liaoning was built from a repurposed Soviet hulk and has become a symbol of a new level of might and sophistication in the Chinese military machine.
Since splitting in 1949, Beijing and Taipei have maintained an uneasy truce. However, ties have rapidly deteriorated since the island’s election of pro-independence President Tsai Ing-wen in May 2016.
Mainland China has warned that she risks further stoking tensions, if she refuses to acknowledge Beijing’s claim that Taiwan belongs to China.

Short URL : https://goo.gl/pTI7Rc
  1. https://goo.gl/EXsYaR
  • https://goo.gl/j01VgF
  • https://goo.gl/SiUnFK
  • https://goo.gl/kD40hT
  • https://goo.gl/IDvhx1

You can also read ...

Barbara Bush Dies at 92
Former first lady Barbara Bush, the second woman in US history...
Southwest Airlines to Expedite Inspections After Deadly Accident
Southwest Airlines Co will speed up inspections of all related...
Mike Pompeo
CIA Director Mike Pompeo visited North Korea more than two...
Germany Hits Brakes on Macron’s EU Dreams
French President Emmanuel Macron’s vision for a stronger...
Saudi in Talks With US on Troop Deployment in Syria
Saudi Arabia is holding talks with the United States about...
Public railways SNCF workers demonstrate against planned reforms of the French government on April 13 in Paris.
A new strike by Air France employees on Tuesday adds chaos in...

Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints

Trending

Googleplus