South China Sea: Beijing aircraft carrier enters Taiwan waters amid soaring tensions

CHINESE aircraft carriers were spotted sailing through the Taiwan Strait, a contested part of the South China Sea.

Date: Jun 26, 2019
By: Clive Hammond

Chinese aircraft carriers were spotted sailing through the Taiwan Strait (Image: GETTY)

The group of vessels passed through the waters which divide Taiwan and mainland China. According to the South China Morning Post, the Taiwanese Defence Ministry advice the ships were heading towards the port of Qingdao, eastern China. The group was made up of China’s Liaoning aircraft and five escorts.

The ministry’s website read: “Please be reassured that the military is able to exercise joint intelligence to get hold of the strike group’s entire movements and deal with any emergency to ensure national security and regional stability.”

Earlier in June, the ships were seen travelling through Japan’s Miyako Strait.

The ships then entered the US island territory of Guam and the Philippines before going out into the South China Sea.

Longstanding disputes between the two nations have worsened in recent months, with the US backing Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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