China’s aircraft carrier passes through Taiwan’s Strait.
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On Sunday, China’s new aircraft carrier, Shandong sailed through the Taiwan strait, prompting Taiwan to immobilize its military to monitor the carrier as it passed along with four other ships protecting it.
The convoy of ships led by the aircraft carrier were heading for a routine military exercise held in the South China Sea, a disputed area which China claims that it is theirs. Taiwan sent six warships and eight military aircraft to monitor the passage of the convoy through the strait.
Taiwan and China are not on good terms. China considers Taiwan as their own territory, something Taiwan rejects. Taiwan unlike China has democratic elections and do not believe in China’s communist system. They are harassed daily by Chinese military aircraft entering their airspace and have been threatened that they will be invaded.
Recently, China deployed several DF-17 hypersonic missile systems along the coast in the provinces of Fujian and Guangdong. Many believe that this could be preparation for a future invasion. Read more about this here:
Chinese Defence Ministry did not respond to a request for comment. Taiwan’s Ministry said,
With the support of the people, the national armed forces have the confidence and ability to guard the homeland, and ensure national security and safeguard regional peace and stability.Taiwan’s Ministry