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Q: The T word

Taiwan protests 'reckless and provocative' incursion by Chinese warplanes

By Associated Press

5:59am Apr 2, 2019

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Taiwan said its planes warned off Chinese military aircraft that crossed the centre line in the Taiwan Strait, and called China’s move a provocation that seeks to alter the status quo in the waterway dividing the island from mainland China.

Taiwan’s defence ministry said a pair of Chinese J-11 jet fighters crossed the line at around 11am Sunday and entered the island’s southwestern airspace. It said Taiwan scrambled jets to warn off the Chinese planes, which came within about 185 kilometres of Taiwan.

“Yesterday, Chinese military aircraft provoked us by violating the tacit agreement by crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait. They backed to the west side of the median line after warnings by our Air Force,” Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said in remarks at a military awards ceremony.

A file photo of Chinese air force J-11 fighters. (AP/AAP)Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen condemned the Chinese actions. (AP/AAP)

Foreign Ministry Joseph Wu told reporters at the legislature that the line crossing was an intentional act, calling it a provocative and dangerous. He said Taiwan had informed “regional partners” about the incident.

About 160 kilometres wide at its narrowest, the Taiwan Strait opens at its southern end into the South China Sea, where Taiwan and China share overlapping territorial claims.

Since the sides split amid civil war in 1949, China has claimed Taiwan as its own territory to be absorbed by force if necessary.

Tsai, who Beijing despises for her pro-independence views, has sought to bolster Taiwan’s air power with the purchase of latest-model F-16V fighters from the US, Taiwan’s chief source of defensive weapons.

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Sounds like testing the waters to me... they do something provacative and see if there's any real reaction, and they're probably not expecting much pushback.

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OT-yesterday ...:

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-01/beijing-orders-200-ships-sprat...

 

What appears to be Beijing's latest military flex in the South China Sea - the contested collection of shoals and reefs that plays a crucial role in global trade and also contains vast untapped gas reserves - has reportedly set off "alarm bells" in Manila, just as the Philippines and the US were preparing to begin a round of military drills. According to Bloomberg, Philippines personnel have lodged a complaint with a joint Chinese-Flippino commission created to resolve disputes in the region, after authorities counted a mass of 200 Chinese ships around the Thitu, the second-largest island in the Spratly Islands.

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Indeed, independency is a catchy issue nowadays. A friend of mine, who is studying at college says that he researched the Taiwan question and he wants to publish results on page like that. Hopefully, East region will keep peace.

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Do they play golf in China? I have so many raincoasts, buTT ... you know dat.

 

Your t-word is often used angel ... whem am golfing ... 

 

Linkage to ur t-word:

 

Tee - Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee

A tee is a stand used to support a stationary ball so that the player can strike it, particularly in golf, tee ball, American football, and rugby:

 

 

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