Taiwan scrambles fighter jets after China sends its aircraft carrier and escort vessels into Taiwan Strait following anger sparked by Trump phone call
Taiwan has been forced to scramble jets and navy ships as a group of Chinese warships led by China's sole aircraft carrier sailed north through the Taiwan Strait, the latest sign of heightened tensions between Beijing and the self-ruled Taiwan.
China distrusts Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and has stepped up pressure on her after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump broke years of diplomatic protocol and took a congratulatory call last month from Tsai.
The US is the island's most powerful ally and main arms supplier, despite having no official diplomatic relations since recognising Beijing in 1979.
The Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier has not entered Taiwanese waters but has gone into an area covered by the island's air defence zone, the defence ministry said.
Destructivedave, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 8 minutes ago
Dont blame trump. Obama is the president at the moment. The one that sold taiwan billions in arms. Is he going to stand up for his Taiwanese friends or go golfing leaving everything to trump.
Sexy Sigmoid, Sydney, Australia, 10 minutes ago
China said its aircraft carrier respected international law? Surely that's a first for them.
murasaki, DuPage County, United States, 27 minutes ago
Trump does not understand yet, how this happened
Hellie1, melbourne, Australia, about an hour ago
China is out of control
BSopinions, Virginia Beach, United States, less than a minute ago
Yes .... because of the grossly weak leadership of the marxist ruler Obama.
DEF90007, Adelaide, Australia, about 4 hours ago
The phone call was over 4 weeks ago, bit slow to react aren't they ?
anakie70, Somewhere, Australia, 14 minutes ago
But they scrambled lol
The Speaker, Manchurian, United Kingdom, 5 hours ago
They cant build Aircraft carriers cuz it's meant to last & we all know how Made in China products are. Haha
flakey2015, Leicester , United Kingdom, 7 hours ago
It's all just posturing and probably empty threats !.
Sir Biggles, New York, United States, 7 hours ago
Beijing would make a big mistake launching an attack against Taiwan. An aircraft carrier is a big target in a narrow strait.
howquaaa, London, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
How can people comment that China is a bully? Just look at the USA! Bombing, sanctioning, proxy warring one country at a time in the name of "national security" etc.
RedCoatExile, Lost Among The Yankee Traders, United States, 11 hours ago
We should have bought that hulk when it was just Russian scrap iron, and torn it to pieces so that China couldn't fake-buy it for a 'floating hotel'. It's been obvious for a long time that China's intent in building a blue-water navy was to start an Imperial-Japan-style campaign of colonial conquest across Asia, daring us to stop them.
SeriouslyBut, dallas, United States, 11 hours ago
Take out the ski ramp of Liaoning at first strike, and their planes will fall into the sea during take off?
Burnt, Land of oz, United States, 8 hours ago
Take out the caterpults and ours are done, aircraft carriers are a sitting duck.
PROUD DEPLORABLE, Florida Seashore, United States, 12 hours ago
China, the big bully of the world.
keith 62 norwich, auckland, New Zealand, 7 hours ago
Err i thought that was the US did i get it wrong ; When was the last time china bombed another country ; And when was the last US bomb dropped 10 min ago
IB20, New York, United States, 12 hours ago
Didn't Obama sell billions worth of weapons to Taiwan on 2010?
Kardashians Suck, USA, United States Minor Outlying Islands, 13 hours ago
China can only afford 1 aircraft carrier? the usa has like 10. you would think China would have more because they have cheaper labor
Naviragde, Northridge, United States, 14 hours ago
The problem is not their carrier. The problem is their DF-21 carrier-ki ller ballistic missiles.
allamerican, Weesport, 13 hours ago
And they bought that one from Russia and refurbished it.
Red-Stater, Indiana, United States, 9 hours ago
They have two more in production, one due in the 2020 time frame, the other, soon enough after.
Brooklyn_Ky, Brooklyn, United States, 13 hours ago
Why does the con man hate China so much? Why does the con man love Putin so much?
Kardashians Suck, USA, United States Minor Outlying Islands, 14 hours ago
I trust Russia more than China