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China’s first aircraft carrier “Liaoning” sailed around Taiwan

“Liaoning”, commissioned in2012, recently completed several training in the Bohai Sea, Yellow Sea, and East China Sea.   In late December, the carrier headed to Western Pacific for another opening-sea training exercise.  The Japanese Ministry of Defense said it spotted the Liaoning as part of a fleet of eight Chinese warships that included destroyers and frigates.   Since Chinese fighters and warships entered Japanese territorial water or air defense identification zone quite often, naturally Japan would closely monitor the passage of Liaoning.  Liaoning sailed eastward and entered the Western Pacific between Japan and Taiwan, and then headed south and sailed through open sea of eastern Taiwan.   It passed through the strait between Taiwan and Philippine and eventually entered the South China Sea.  During the exercise, Taiwan also closely monitor the movement of warships and fighters by sending fighters to the eastern Taiwan.   Liaoning returned to the Chinese navy base in Hainan and stayed there for several days.    The carrier and its escort vessels entered the Taiwan Strait on January 10, 2017 and slowly sailed through the strait.  To avoid any possible military confrontation, the fleet kept to the Chinese side, west of the median line of the Taiwan Strait.  This is the first time that “Liaoning” sailed around Taiwan.  It raised the tension between Taiwan and China.  It is very obvious that China’s military activities were intended to intimidate Taiwan.  Two days earlier, a squadron of six Chinese bombers and two other aircraft flew over the water that separate Japan and South Korea and over the Sea of Japan.   According to the military and political observers in Taiwan and US, China conducted the exercise at this particular time is to send the messages to both Taiwan and US.  China was not happy that US president-elect Donald Trump took a congratulatory Dec. 2 telephone call from Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen.  When Trump later suggested he could re-evaluate US policy on Taiwan, it further angered China.   The United States broke diplomatic tie with Taiwan and recognized the government in Beijing in1979 and thus established the so-called “one-China policy”.   China insisted Taiwan is part of China and wants US to respect China’s “one-China principle”.  The Chinese officials did not openly criticize Trump.  However, sending Liaoning to Western Pacific was regarded as a warning to president-elect Trump.  There is a possibility that one-China policy might change to “one-China, one-Taiwan policy”.





























Posted: January 20, 2017
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