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Fri Aug 5, 2022, 12:20 PM

China sends warships and jets close to Taiwan and sparks alert in Japan as tensions rise

China pressed ahead with military drills near Taiwan and flew drones close to Japan on Friday, escalating tensions in the strait that have threatened to boil over since Taipei welcomed US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a historic visit.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said Chinese warships and aircraft continued drills in waters around the island, adding that Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) forces crossed the median line – the halfway point between the island and mainland China – in a move it called a “highly provocative act.”

The line has previously been an informal but largely respected border of control between Beijing and Taipei. Taiwan’s military responded with radio warnings and put air patrol forces, naval ships and shore-based missile systems on alert, the ministry added.

Two Chinese drones also flew around Okinawa prefecture in Japan on Thursday, prompting the country’s Air Self-Defense Force to scramble fighter jets in response, according to a statement from Tokyo’s Ministry of Defense on Friday.


Nearly two dozen Chinese fighter jets crossed the Taiwan Strait dividing line as China fired off missiles in a show of force

Nearly two dozen Chinese warplanes crossed the median line dividing the Taiwan Strait on Thursday as China began four days of military drills involving live fire around the island.

Twenty-two Chinese military aircraft — eight Shenyang J-11 fighter jets, 12 Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets and two Shenyang J-16 fighter jets — entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone and then crossed the median line, according to Taiwan's defense ministry.

Though China routinely sends military aircraft, from fighters to bombers, into Taiwan's ADIZ, military flights across the median line are less common occurrences. Taiwan's defense ministry said it scrambled aircraft in response. It also issued radio warnings and had its air defense systems monitoring the Chinese activity.

This week, more than 70 Chinese aircraft have flown sorties in and around the Taiwan Strait, and many have crossed the contentious dividing line of the Taiwan Strait. The latest moves come as Beijing conducts military drills around the self-governing island in response to a visit from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, high-level engagement that has frustrated Chinese leadership.


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Fri Aug 5, 2022, 01:14 PM

1. Just throw up MORE greenhouse gas up in the air for flashing dicks around...


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Fri Aug 5, 2022, 03:01 PM

2. A massive...

Weenie waving temper tantrum over a woman who defied him. What a whiny-assed snowflake.

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