Taiwan monitors Chinese carrier group in sensitive Taiwan Strait

Taiwan monitors Chinese carrier group in sensitive Taiwan Strait
# 09 November 2023 07:53 (UTC +04:00)

Taiwan's military has sent forces to keep watch on a Chinese naval formation led by the aircraft carrier Shandong sailing through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, Taiwan's defence ministry said on Thursday, APA reports citing Reuters.

The Shandong participated in Chinese military drills around Taiwan in April, and again entered the Pacific last month.

The ministry said in a statement that the formation led by the Shandong entered the narrow Taiwan Strait on Wednesday afternoon sailing in a northerly direction but keeping to the Chinese side of the waterway's median line, an unofficial barrier between the two.

China says the Taiwan Strait is not an international waterway and that it alone has sovereignty there, which both Taiwan and the United States dispute. The United States frequently sends warships through the strait, most recently last week, that time accompanied by a Canadian frigate.

As of Thursday morning, the Chinese carrier group was continuing to sail northwards, Taiwan's defence ministry said. Taiwan has dispatched "appropriate" forces to keep watch, it added, without elaborating.

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