Military says it’s ‘closely monitoring’ China’s Liaoning carrier near Taiwan

The China Post
Date: December 26, 2016
By: By Joseph Yeh

The military on Sunday said it was closely monitoring the movements of a Chinese naval fleet near Taiwan in the western Pacific, warning it would “launch responsive measures if necessary.”

Military spokesman Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) said they had been watching the People’s Liberation Army Navy fleet — led by the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier — “very closely” as it headed for the western Pacific for an open-sea training exercise.

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said it was paying particular attention to the Liaoning and the accompanying fleet of guided-missile destroyers, frigates and supply ships. The ministry said it would be observing whether they are headed to the South China Sea via Bashi Channel to join with the South China Sea fleet at the conclusion of the exercise.

In doing so, the fleet is expected to skirt the south of Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), the MND said.    [FULL  STORY]

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