By: Steve Dellar | 03-21-2018 | News
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China Sends Aircraft Carrier Near Taiwan Strait As Xi Warns “Punishment” Is Coming

China has seriously upped the stakes in its war of words with Taiwan. After it issued a ‘war warning’ last month (see our related coverage) and their newly appointed President for life Mr. Xi Jinping warned earlier this week that the island nation could face the “punishment of history” for any attempt at separatism, the Chinese navy followed up by sending an operational aircraft carrier, known as the Liaoning, through the Taiwan Strait, the narrow water strip that separates the island from mainland China.

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The Taiwanese Defence Minister Mr. Yen Teh-fa informed his citizens that the Liaoning had entered the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday morning.

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The Chinese Defence Ministry did not respond to a request for comment. According to Taiwan, China has increased their military exercises around the island in the past year. Ever since the elections of nationalist President Ms. Tsai Ing-wen, relations between China and Taiwan have further deteriorated.

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Ms. Tsai Ing-wen is a member of the island’s pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, and the Chinese authorities expect her to push for formal independence for Taiwan at a certain point, which would enrage the Communist Party leaders in Beijing.

Ms. Tsai has declared at multiple events that she intends to maintain the status quo.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on the last day of the annual session of the National’s People’s Congress that “not a single inch of our land will be or can be ceded from China.”

“We are resolved to fight the bloody battle against our enemies.”


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