China stages war games in ‘stern warning’ to Taiwan

SpaceWar.com reports: “China held air and sea drills around Taiwan on Saturday, in what it said was a ‘stern warning’ after the island’s vice president visited the United States.

William Lai — the frontrunner in Taiwan’s presidential election next year and a vocal opponent of Beijing’s claims to the island — stopped in New York and San Francisco on Friday while returning from a trip to Paraguay.

China has reacted angrily, on Saturday reiterating that Lai was a ‘troublemaker’ and vowing to take ‘resolute measures… to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity’.

The People’s Liberation Army ‘launched joint air and sea patrols and military exercises of the navy and air force around the island of Taiwan’ on Saturday, military spokesperson Shi Yi said, according to state media outlet Xinhua.

Taiwan said 42 warplanes had entered its air defence zone since 9:00 am (0100 GMT), and eight Chinese vessels took part in the exercises.

Twenty-six of the warplanes crossed the Taiwan Strait median line, the island’s ministry of defence said in a statement…”

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