TAIPEI, Taiwan — With record numbers of military flights near Taiwan over the last week, China has been showing a new intensity and military sophistication as it steps up its harassment of the island it claims as its own and asserts its territorial ambitions in the region.
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China’s People’s Liberation Army flew 56 planes off the southwest coast of Taiwan on Monday, setting a new record and capping four days of sustained pressure involving 149 flights — all in international airspace but prompting Taiwanese defense forces to scramble in response and raising fears that any misstep could provoke an unintended escalation.
The sorties came as China, with growing diplomatic and military power, faces greater pushback from countries in the region and an increasing naval presence from the United States and other Western democracies in the Indo-Pacific as Taiwan pleads for more global support and recognition.
The U.S. called China’s latest actions “risky” and “destabilizing,” while China responded that the U.S. selling weapons to Taiwan and its ships navigating the Taiwan Strait were provocative.
OCTOBER 6, 2021
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