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Taiwan jets monitor passing Chinese fleet

Monday, 3 July 2017

BEIJING: Taiwan military jets scrambled to shadow a Chinese aircraft carrier passing through narrow waters separating the two sides en route to Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China.

The Liaoning fleet will be open to the public in Hong Kong and showcase the “military might” of the Chinese naval force, Xinhua cited Yang Liang, China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy spokesman, as saying.

It is due to arrive on Friday, Hong Kong media said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong’s new leader on Saturday with a stark warning that Beijing will not tolerate any challenge to its authority in the divided city, in his strongest speech yet amid concerns over what some perceive as increased meddling by Beijing.

The Soviet-built Liaoning, whose home port is in northern China, entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Saturday and was sailing just west of the middle of the Taiwan Strait yesterday, Taiwan’s defence ministry said.

Taiwan military jets and ships were deployed in response to monitor the fleet’s passage, the ministry said.

Source by: Internet

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