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World China 'must back off', says Taiwan

10:37  22 september  2020
10:37  22 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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  US sends top-level diplomat to Taiwan, angering China A top US diplomat landed in Taiwan Thursday, the highest-ranking State Department official to visit in 40 years, in a further sign of Washington's willingness to defy China and its campaign to isolate the self-ruled island. It described him as the highest-ranking State Department official to visit Taiwan since 1979, when Washington switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing from Taipei. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will host a dinner for the US delegation on Friday.

China must back off ," he added in a tweet. China considers Taiwan part of its territory, to be absorbed into the mainland, by force if necessary, even though it has been self-ruled for more than seven decades. Beijing has ratcheted up pressure on the democratic island since the 2016 election of

Taiwan on Tuesday demanded that China " back off " and accused it of threatening peace, after a Beijing official rejected a largely respected marine boundary following recent incursions. Foreign minister Joseph Wu urged Beijing to "return to the civilized international standards" after a Chinese

a plane flying in the air: A Taiwanese jet during military drills in July, aimed to test how the armed forces would repel a Chinese invasion © Sam Yeh A Taiwanese jet during military drills in July, aimed to test how the armed forces would repel a Chinese invasion

Taiwan on Tuesday demanded that China "back off" and accused it of threatening peace, after a Beijing official rejected a largely respected marine boundary following recent incursions.

Foreign minister Joseph Wu urged Beijing to "return to the civilised international standards" after a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said there was no so-called median line in the Taiwan Strait "as Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory".

Taiwan scrambles jets as China military overshadows US visit

  Taiwan scrambles jets as China military overshadows US visit Taiwan scrambled fighter jets Friday as the Chinese military conducted exercises near the Taiwan Strait during a rare visit by a high-ranking US diplomat to the self-ruled island. According to Taipei's defence ministry, 18 Chinese aircraft -- including bombers and fighters -- entered Taiwan's southwest air defence identification zone (ADIZ) and also crossed the so-called median line that divides the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan's military "scrambledAccording to Taipei's defence ministry, 18 Chinese aircraft -- including bombers and fighters -- entered Taiwan's southwest air defence identification zone (ADIZ) and also crossed the so-called median line that divides the Taiwan Strait.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the people of Taiwan to accept it " must and will be" reunited with China . In a speech marking 40 years since the start of improving ties, he reiterated Beijing's call for peaceful unification on a one-country-two-systems basis.

China has repeatedly said that it will bring Taiwan under its authority, but president says election result shows citizens don’t agree.

Wu told reporters: "The median line has been a symbol of preventing military conflicts and maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait for many years. The Chinese foreign ministry's comment is equivalent of destroying the status quo."

"I call on the international community to condemn the CCP for its dangerous and provocative words and deeds threatening peace... China must back off," he added in a tweet.

China considers Taiwan part of its territory, to be absorbed into the mainland, by force if necessary, even though it has been self-ruled for more than seven decades.

Beijing has ratcheted up pressure on the democratic island since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, who rejects its view that Taiwan is part of "one China".

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  China sends more warplanes as Taiwan honours Lee Teng-hui Taiwan air force scrambles jets again as multiple Chinese military aircraft approach island for second consecutive day.The Taiwanese defence ministry said 19 Chinese aircraft were involved in Saturday's exercises, one more than the previous day, with some crossing the sensitive Taiwan Strait midline and others flying into Taiwan's air defence identification zone off its southwest coast.

Experts say China is likely to double down on its strategy of punishing Taiwan . During Tsai’s first term, Beijing cut off a dialogue mechanism, independent “ China must abandon threats of force against Taiwan ,” she said . “ … Democratic Taiwan and our democratically elected government will not

Chinese foreign minister Wang Wenbin fumed over the recent visit of a US undersecretary of state to Taiwan , which China regards as its own province, and threatened that China would take 'a necessary response.'.

Last year, Taiwan accused China of violating a long-held tacit agreement after its fighter jets -- for the first time in years -- crossed the median line of the waters that separate the two sides.

Washington's increased outreach to Taiwan under President Donald Trump has become yet another flashpoint with Beijing, as the US and China clash over a range of trade and security issues, as well as the coronavirus pandemic.

In recent months Taiwan has reported a sharp rise in incursions by Chinese warplanes into its air defence identification zone (ADIZ).

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Video: China begins military drills as senior U.S. official visits Taiwan amid rising tensions (Reuters)

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