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The last two days of Chinese aircraft approaching Taiwan demonstrate that Beijing is a threat to the entire region and have shown Taiwanese even more clearly the true nature of China’s government, President Tsai Ing-wen said and Ben Blanchard of Reuters reported. 

No less than 18 Chinese warplanes flew across the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait and into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday and Saturday, causing Taiwan to scramble jets 17 times to intercept. China claims Taiwan as its own territory. 

At a news conference in Beijing on Friday about China’s UN peacekeeping efforts, China announced combat drills near the Taiwan Strait and denounced what it called collusion between the island and the United States. The exercises took place as US Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach was in Taipei, the most senior State Department office to come in four decades. 

Speaking to reporters, Tsai denounced China’s drills. “I believe these activities are no help to China’s international image, and what’s more have put Taiwan’s people even more on their guard, understanding even better the true nature of the Chinese Communist regime,” she said. Additionally, other countries in the region also have a better understanding of the threat posed by China,” Tsai added. “The Chinese Communists must restrain themselves, and not provoke.”

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