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Taiwan vows to counterattack if China’s forces enter its territory

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Taiwan said on Wednesday it would exercise its right to self-defense and ‘counter-attack’ if Chinese armed forces entered its territory, as Beijing increased military activities near the democratic island.

Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own against strong objections by the government in Taipei, has held military exercises around the island this month in reaction to a visit to Taipei by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Taiwanese defense officials said China’s ‘high intensity’ military patrols near Taiwan continued and Beijing’s intention of making the Taiwan Strait separating the two sides its ‘inner sea’ would become the main source of instability in the region.

‘For aircraft and ships that entered our sea and air territory of 12 nautical miles, the national army will exercise right to self-defense and counter attack without exception,’ Lin Wen-Huang, deputy chief of the general staff for operations and planning, told reporters at a news briefing…”

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