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While Chinese military jets carried out another fly-over above Taiwan, a high-level delegation of US officials visited the island. In response, Beijing told Taipei any attempts to strengthen ties with the US “would fail”.
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office announced the strike force of 25 Chinese fighters, bombers and surveillance aircraft which flew over Taipei was to send a message to the island.
In a grim warning, spokesman Ma Xiaoguang declared: “The signal given by the military drills is that we are determined to stop Taiwan independence, and stop Taiwan from working with the US.
“We are doing it with action.
“We do not promise to abandon the use of force, and retain the option of taking all necessary measures.”
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It comes as the Australian Defence Force (ADF) begins preparation for a “worst case scenario” war with China over Taiwan in the next five years.
A diplomatic source told the Australian Financial Review: “There is a lot of development and scenario planning going on.
“It is intended to signal you are not going to blink. It is intended to demonstrate you don’t lack commitment.”
ADF chief Angus Campbell also said conflict over the island of Taiwan would be “disastrous” for the people of the region and should be avoided at all cost.