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World Taiwan military says it has right to counter attack amid China threats

10:46  21 september  2020
10:46  21 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Taiwan said on Monday its armed forces have the right to self-defence and counter attack amid "harassment and threats ", in In a statement, Taiwan ’s defence ministry said it had “clearly defined” procedures for the island’s first response amid “high frequency of harassment and threats from the

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TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan said on Monday its armed forces have the right to self-defence and counter attack amid "harassment and threats", in an apparent warning to China, which last week sent numerous jets across the mid-line of the sensitive Taiwan Strait.

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Tensions have sharply spiked in recent months between Taipei and Beijing, which claims democratically run Taiwan as its own territory, to be taken by force if needed.

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It said Taiwan had the right to “self-defence and to counter attack ” and that it followed the guideline of “no escalation of conflict and no triggering incidents.” China has been angered by stepped-up US support for Taiwan , including two visits in as many months by top officials, one in August by Health

It said Taiwan had the right to “self-defense and to counter attack ” and followed the guideline of “no escalation of conflict and no triggering incidents.” China this month held rare large-scale drills near Taiwan , which Taipei called serious provocation. China said the exercise was a necessity to protect

Multiple Chinese aircraft flew across the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait and into the island's air defence identification zone on Friday and Saturday, prompting Taiwan to scramble jets to intercept and President Tsai Ing-wen to call China a threat to the region.

Taiwan's defence ministry said in a statement it had "clearly defined" procedures for the island's first response amid "high frequency of harassment and threats from the enemy's warships and aircraft this year".

It said Taiwan had the right to "self-defence and to counter attack" and that it followed the guideline of "no escalation of conflict and no triggering incidents".

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It said Taiwan had the right to “self-defence and to counter attack ” and that it followed the guideline of “no escalation of conflict and no triggering incidents”. Taiwan would not provoke but is also was “not afraid of the enemy”, it added. The Chinese drills took place last week as Beijing expressed anger at

The military said that multiple Chinese aircraft flew across the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait and into The island claims it has the right to defend itself and counter attack , and is Meanwhile, the official China Daily newspaper's Monday editorial claimed the US was trying to use Taiwan to contain China .

Taiwan would not provoke but is also was "not afraid of the enemy", it added.

The Chinese drills took place last week as Beijing expressed anger at the visit of a senior U.S. official to Taipei.

On Monday, the official China Daily newspaper said in an editorial the United States was trying to use Taiwan to contain China but nobody should underestimate its determination to assert its sovereignty over the island.

"The U.S. administration should not be blinkered in its desperation to contain the peaceful rise of China and indulge in the U.S. addiction to its hegemony," it said.

China has been angered by stepped-up U.S. support for Taiwan, including two visits in as many months by top officials, one in August by Health Secretary Alex Azar and the other last week by Keith Krach, undersecretary for economic affairs.

The United States, which has no official diplomatic ties with the island but is its strongest international backer, is also planning major new arms sales to Taiwan.

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It said Taiwan had the right to “self-defense and to counter - attack ” and that it followed the guideline of “no escalation of conflict and no triggering On Monday, the official China Daily newspaper said in an editorial the United States was trying to use Taiwan to contain China but nobody should

It said Taiwan had the right to “self-defence and to counter attack ” and that it followed the guideline of “no escalation of conflict and no triggering incidents”. Taiwan would not provoke but is also was “not afraid of the enemy”, it added. The Chinese drills took place last week as Beijing expressed anger at

China this month held rare large-scale drills near Taiwan, which Taipei called serious provocation. China said the exercise was a necessity to protect its sovereignty.

(Reporting by Yimou Lee; Additional reporting by Beijing newsroom; Editing by Robert Birsel)


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

China's actions present several potential debate questions .
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