Taiwan scrambles jets as 18 Chinese warplanes buzz during US visit

Taiwan scrambles jets as 18 Chinese warplanes buzz during US visit

Taiwan’s defence ministry n an English-language tweet said that it scrambled its jets as two bombers and 16 fighter jets from China crossed the midline of the TaiwanStrait on Friday.

China had earlier announced combat drills and denounced what it called collusion between the island, which it claims as part of its territory and the United States.

The U.S. State Department has said Keith Krach, US Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, is in Taiwan for a memorial service on Saturday for former President Lee Teng-hui.

He’s the most senior US State Department official to visit Taiwan in four decades.

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