Taiwan Warns Beijing Threat “Growing By The Day” As Chinese Carrier Conducts Drills

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Dec 27, 2016

As reported yesterday, tensions between China and Taiwan rose again when Beijing sailed its only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which over the weekend was “shown off” conducting dramatic military drills, around the southern tip of Taiwan passing southeast of the Pratas Islands, which are controlled by Taiwan, heading southwest.

The carrier group earlier passed 90 nautical miles south of Taiwan’s southernmost point via the Bashi Channel, between Taiwan and the Philippines. The Liaoning and five escorts sailed 20 nautical miles outside Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) in the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines on Sunday, the defense ministry said.

It is now deep inside the South China Sea, in international water, within an area contested by many countries, and which has become the source of much diplomatic rancor between the US and China.

As a result, Taiwan which less than a month ago unleashed a can of politically scandalous worms when its president called Trump to congratulate him, in the process putting America’s the “One China” policy up for debate, warned on Tuesday that “the threat of our enemies is growing day by day”, as the Chinese carrier group sailed towards the island province of Hainan through the South China Sea on a routine drill.

China has given few details of what the Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier is up to, save that it is on a routine exercise according to Reuters. Taiwan has said the aircraft carrier skirted waters outside of its eastern air defense identification zone. The carrier is expected to arrive at a Chinese military base on the southern Chinese island of Hainan late on Tuesday, Taiwan’s defense ministry said.

“The threat of our enemies is growing day by day. We should always be maintaining our combat alertness,” Taiwan Defence Minister Feng Shih-kuan said. “We need to strengthen the training (of our soldiers) so that they can not only survive in battle but also destroy the enemy and accomplish the mission.”Feng’s remarks were given in a speech Tuesday at a ministry event marking the promotion of senior military officers.

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