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A Chinese People’s Liberation Army H-6 bomber fitted with an anti-ship cruise missile flies near Taiwan A Chinese People’s Liberation Army H-6 bomber fitted with the YJ-12 anti-ship cruise missile flying near the Taiwan air defense identification zone, Sept. 18, 2020 (Photo by Taiwan Ministry of National Defense via AP Images).

No End in Sight to U.S.-China Tensions Over Taiwan

, Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR contributor Rachel Cheung and Assistant Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curate the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. Subscribers can adjust their newsletter settings to receive China Note by email every week.

On Monday, China’s People Liberation Army flew 25 aircraft, including fighter jets and bombers, through Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, marking the largest such incursion since the self-ruled democracy began making its data on them public last September. Taiwan has continued to monitor the movements of the Chinese aircraft, transmit radio warnings to them and track them with its missile defense systems. But it stopped scrambling its own fighter jets every time to intercept them, admitting in March that it doesn’t have the resources to keep up with what it called Beijing’s “war of attrition.” ...

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