U.S., China stepping up military messaging amid pandemic: analysts

Focus Taiwan
Date: 04/12/2020
By: Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim

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Taipei, April 12 (CNA) Media visibility and direct messaging could be the motives behind the frequent appearances of Chinese and American military assets near Taiwan, especially as they are both struggling with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to analysts in Taiwan.

Between January 23 and April 10, Chinese military aircraft were spotted at least six times flying near Taiwan's airspace, according to the records of Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) and military air movement tracker Aircraft Spots.

On Sunday morning, Chinese aircraft carrier the Liaoning passed the Miyako Strait south of Japan and was about to sail into waters east of Taiwan on its way to the South China Sea.

Meanwhile, since March 25, U.S. military aircraft and vessels have been seen at least nine times near Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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