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War fears: China bolsters military patrols as growing threat of Taiwan invasion looms

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Since last summer, Beijing has ordered more regular fly-overs above the Taiwan strait and Bashi Channel.

The Financial Times reported China has targeted the region as it crucial for forces to get into open waters and airspace in the Western Pacific.

Admiral Lee Hsi-ming, former chief of general staff of Taiwan’s armed forces, told the outlet: “These latest [incursions] are more about political messaging than about military operational significance.

“Flying around Taiwan is not a breakthrough for them. They operated circular flights with H6 bombers when I was in office.

“I believe that this time, they did not have enough time to prepare. So in order to express their determination towards the US, they flew out into the western Pacific but did not do a full circle.”



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