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On one occasion, Chinese pilots attacked Taiwanese forces trying to force them out of the area. Taiwan-based newspaper China Times reports that Taiwanese officials urged the plane to “turn around immediately to leave.”

However, the pilots responded by saying, “There is no strait midline. “Malcolm Davis, a former defense adviser, explained China’s possible reasoning behind the decision to deny the existence of the Midline – a border that stretches across the middle of the Taiwan Strait.

According to Bloomberg, “redrawing the map on the middle line of the Taiwan Strait is a very obvious step not only to increase the pressure, but also to justify the use of force.”

Davis added that the “polls” on the Taiwanese side of the line could be an effort to “get the Taiwan Air Force to” shoot first “,” which could justify further violence.

China is reported to consider Taiwan to be part of its owner territory. However, Taiwan maintains its independence.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said in a tweet on Saturday that it “strongly condemns” China’s recent military exercises in the region.

He claimed that a large number of Chinese Air Force planes entered the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone in one day.

This included sixteen different types of fighter jets – twelve of which were J-16 models – as well as two H-6 bombers and one Y-8 ASW anti-submarine patrol aircraft.

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At the end of last week, US Under Secretary of State Keith Krach visited the island nation to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen as part of the latest move to strengthen US-Taiwan relations.

The US State Department claimed that the purpose of Krach’s visit was to attend a memorial service for the country’s former president Lee Teng-hui.

However, it is understood that the official has also held talks with his Taiwanese counterparts on the trade.

The United States said, “The United States honors President Lee’s legacy by continuing our strong ties with Taiwan and its vibrant democracy through shared political and economic values.

Analysts say China was angry with the move. Last month, US Secretary of Health Alex Azar paid a similar visit.

In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Beijing was “strongly opposed” to official talks between the United States and Taiwan.

He added, “On matters involving the fundamental interests of China, some people in the United States should not be deluded and wishful thinking. Those who play with fire will be burned.

Over the past two months, the United States and China have held military exercises in the South China Sea. According to reports, the US exercises in the region were the first in nearly a decade.



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