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Chinese military activity near Taiwan provocative: US


On Monday, the United States termed Chinese military activity near Taiwan as provocative. “We urge Beijing to seize its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan," said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.


Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen warned of "catastrophic consequences if the island were to fall to China and vowed to "do whatever it takes" to guard against threats in an article published on Tuesday.


Monday's incursion marks the fourth straight day of incursions by Chinese aircraft, with almost 150 aircraft sent into Taiwan's defence zone in total.

These military incursions occurred just days before Taiwan’s National Day and began on the People’s Republic of China’s National Day.


President Xi Jinping has described the seizure of Taiwan as "inevitable" and Beijing has ramped up military, diplomatic and economic pressure since Tsai's 2016 election, as she views the island as "already independent" and not part of a "one China".


Tsai's government on Monday urged Beijing to stop "irresponsible

provocative actions" after a record 56 Chinese jets including

nuclear-capable bombers crossed into Taiwan's air defence identification zone.


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