China conducts combat readiness patrol as US lawmakers visit Taiwan

China’s military said on Tuesday, November 9, it had conducted a combat readiness patrol in the direction of the Taiwan Strait, after its defense ministry condemned a visit to Taiwan by a US congressional delegation it said had arrived on a military aircraft. The patrol was aimed at the “seriously wrong” words and actions of… Continue reading China conducts combat readiness patrol as US lawmakers visit Taiwan

Taiwan says China can blockade its key harbors, warns of ‘grave’ threat

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China’s armed forces are capable of blockading Taiwan’s key harbors and airports, the island’s defense ministry said on Tuesday, November 9, offering its latest assessment of what it describes as a “grave” military threat posed by its giant neighbor. China has never renounced the use of force to bring democratic Taiwan under its control and… Continue reading Taiwan says China can blockade its key harbors, warns of ‘grave’ threat

China’s new J-16D electronic attack jet joins combat training with other warplanes

China’s new J-16D electronic attack jet has begun combat training alongside other advanced warplanes, according to state television, a dogfight strategy said to be inspired by that of the US Air Force. The J-16D – an electronic warfare version of the J-16 multirole strike fighter – was part of a joint combat drill soon after… Continue reading China’s new J-16D electronic attack jet joins combat training with other warplanes

China builds mockups of US Navy ships in area used for missile target practice

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China’s military has built mockups in the shape of a US Navy aircraft carrier and other US warships, possibly as training targets, in the desert of Xinjiang, satellite images by Maxar showed on Sunday. These mockups reflect China’s efforts to build up anti-carrier capabilities, specifically against the US Navy, as tensions remain high with Washington… Continue reading China builds mockups of US Navy ships in area used for missile target practice

China vows to impose sanctions on ‘Taiwan independence’ forces

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China said Friday it will impose sanctions such as entry bans on Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, labeling them as “Taiwan independence” separatist forces. The move comes as tensions between the mainland and the self-ruled democratic island have been escalating, becoming a regular source of Sino-U.S. friction.… Continue reading China vows to impose sanctions on ‘Taiwan independence’ forces

Dozens of Chinese ships spotted near Julian Felipe Reef

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Despite the Philippine government’s protests, Chinese militia warships have returned to Julian Felipe (Whitsun) Reef in the West Philippine Sea, where hundreds of Chinese ships congregated earlier this year. According to US-funded news site Radio Free Asia, citing commercial satellite photographs from Planet Labs, dozens of Chinese ships were detected near the reef on November… Continue reading Dozens of Chinese ships spotted near Julian Felipe Reef

China expanding its nuclear arsenal faster than anticipated, Pentagon says

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China is expanding its nuclear arsenal much more quickly than anticipated, narrowing the gap with the United States, the Pentagon said in a report published Wednesday. China could have 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027, and could top 1,000 by 2030 — an arsenal two-and-a-half times the size of what the Pentagon predicted only a… Continue reading China expanding its nuclear arsenal faster than anticipated, Pentagon says

Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese air force enters air defense zone

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Taiwan’s air force scrambled on Sunday, October 31, to warn off eight Chinese aircraft including fighter jets that entered its air defense zone, its defence ministry said, at a time of heightened tensions across the sensitive Taiwan Strait. Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the… Continue reading Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese air force enters air defense zone

China rejects military contact between US, Taiwan

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Beijing said Thursday it opposed military ties between Washington and Taiwan, after President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed a small number of US troops are present on the island. Authoritarian China regards self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if needed, and has ramped up its saber-rattling in… Continue reading China rejects military contact between US, Taiwan

Taiwan president confirms US troops training soldiers on island – CNN

A small number of US forces are in Taiwan to train with Taiwanese soldiers, President Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview with CNN, confirming the presence of US troops on the self-governing island that China considers its own. Tensions between Taiwan and China, which has not ruled out taking the island by force, have escalated… Continue reading Taiwan president confirms US troops training soldiers on island – CNN