China Displays Show Of Force Near Taiwan

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Within a 24-hour period, China has sent 71 warplanes and drones along with 7 warships close to Taiwan, crossing the median of the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial boundary once tacitly accepted by both sides.  People’s Liberation Army (PLA) spokesman Shi Yi said, “This is a firm response to the current U.S.-Taiwan escalation and provocation.”  Shi may have been referring to a U.S. defense spending bill which authorizes increased military cooperation with Taiwan. A member of the White House National Security Council said China’s military activity near Taiwan was “destabilizing, risks miscalculations, and undermines regional peace and stability.”