Liaoning passes through tense Taiwan Strait

The China Post
Date: January 12, 2017
By: Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The military reportedly scrambled jets and navy ships to monitor the Chinese aircraft

In this undated file photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning berths in a port of China. (AP)

carrier Liaoning as it passed through the Taiwan Strait, Wednesday.

The Liaoning, leading a Chinese fleet, entered Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) from the southwest at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday and continued to sail north along the Taiwan Strait, apparently on their way back to China from the South China Sea after training exercises, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement.

In response, the MND scrambled F-16 and IDF fighter jets, P-3C surveillance aircraft, and Navy frigates to monitor the Chinese fleet, according to sources cited by the Central News Agency (CNA). The MND neither confirmed nor denied the responsive action, according to the CNA.

The fleet passed through seas off Shantou city on the eastern coast of Guangdong province in Chinese Mainland, around noon, according to the MND, while Taiwan’s armed forces were closely monitoring their movements.    [FULL  STORY]

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