| 4 December 2022, Sunday |

China says it conducted ‘readiness patrol’ around Taiwan

The Chinese military announced on Wednesday that it has launched a combat “readiness patrol” in the waters and airspace surrounding Taiwan in recent days, citing “collusion” between Washington and Taipei as the reason.

China, which claims democratically controlled Taiwan as its own territory, has increased its military maneuvers around the island in the last two years or so in order to put pressure on Taipei to acknowledge its sovereignty claims.

China has been particularly dissatisfied with the United States’ backing for Taiwan.

US President Joe Biden enraged China last week by appearing to modify an American policy of “strategic ambiguity” on Taiwan by declaring the US would intervene militarily if China attacked the island. Officials in the United States stated that there had been no change in policy.

  • Reuters