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China flexes military muscle in Taiwan strait after elections

Taiwan's military detected 18 Chinese air force planes operating around Taiwan and carrying out patrols with Chinese warships on Wednesday.

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China flexes military muscle in Taiwan strait after elections

TAIPEI: The Chinese Naval and the Air Force have conducted drills in the Taiwan strait after the elections in the self-ruled island.

Taiwan’s military detected 18 Chinese air force planes operating around Taiwan and carrying out patrols with Chinese warships on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Taiwan’s defense ministry said the PLA had sent 24 planes and five navy vessels into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the previous 24 hours, the first incursion of significant size since November.

China’s military was mute

The Chinese military didn’t respond to the Taiwanese elections fearing it would raise anti-China sentiments, the Guardian reports.

China engaged in influence operations ahead of Taiwan’s vote, but visibly reduced its military activity, which analysts had linked to a perception that any threatening activity would probably bolster the pro-sovereignty Democratic Progressive party.

China flexes military muscle in Taiwan strait after elections
China has repeatedly threatened to unify Taiwan by any means possible.

To China’s shock, the DPP did emerge victorious and is not expected to deliver what Beijing wants.

“The PRC [People’s Republic of China] is probably going to see if they can force Lai into making a mistake or frustrating him into making a rash move, which they can then paint as Lai being provocative and seek international agreement on,” the Guardian quoted Ja-Ian Chong, a Singapore based political scientist.

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