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According to BEIJING (Bloomberg) – China’s top diplomat warned the United States that its support for Taiwan was on the “wrong path” as Beijing once again sent military aircraft to Taiwan.
“If the U.S. insists on playing the Taiwan card and goes further and further down the wrong path, it will inevitably push the situation into a dangerous situation,” Yang Jiechi, Beijing’s top diplomat, said in a phone call with his national security adviser.
Meanwhile, four Chinese People’s Liberation Army aircraft, including two J-16 fighter jets, entered its Air Defense Identification Zone on Wednesday, May 18th, near the centerline of the Taiwan Strait.
Earlier this week, the top U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Gill, said Taiwan must prepare for potential Chinese aggression through military deterrence, including access to the right weapons and training. He said it was a “major lesson and a wake-up call” after Russia invaded Ukraine.
Since the outbreak of the Ukraine war in February, the United States has stepped up its support for Taiwan, and Republican Lindsey Graham visited last month. China responded to the visit by training near the island.
Last week, the State Department updated the Taiwan fact sheet is posted on its website, removing references to not supporting Taiwan’s independence and describing it as a “leading democracy and technological powerhouse.”
More than 50 senators on Wednesday urged President Joe Biden to include Taiwan in a proposed Indo-Pacific economic framework, where Biden will meet with Japan, India, and Australia in Tokyo as part of a trip to Asia that begins later this week. The leaders held a quartet of summits with the main aim of countering Chinese influence.
Beijing claims Taiwan as part of its territory, which will be controlled by force if necessary.
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