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TAIWAN was on war footing last night after a Chinese navy fleet led by a huge aircraft carrier sailed near its waters in a brazen show of strength.
Jets and warships were assembled to ward off the force in the latest escalation of tensions between the communist superpower and its semi-independent neighbour.
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The Liaoning aircraft carrier, built in Soviet-era Russia, was sailing back from military exercises in the hotly contested South China Sea — where China has been building heavily fortified artificial islands.
While it didn’t trespass into Taiwanese waters as it passed through the Taiwan Strait, the vessel carrying bomber jets entered its Air Defence Identification Zone.
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But Taiwanese officials sought to throw cold water on the episode after dispatching F-16 jets and other aircraft to “monitor the situation”, the defence ministry said.
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“We urge Taiwan’s people to be at ease”, it...
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