Beijing steps up military pressure on Taiwan after US and China announce talks


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China has sent more than 30 warplanes and a group of navy ships towards Taiwan, according to the island’s defence ministry. The military pressure comes on the heels of an announcement that senior US and Chinese representatives were expected to meet in the Thai capital as the two countries seek to cool tensions. Advertisement The Chinese People’s Liberation Army sent 33 aircraft, including SU-30 fighters, and six navy vessels around Taiwan, between 6am on Friday to 6am on Saturday. Of these, 13 warplanes crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait – an unofficial boundary that is considered a buffer between...