Taiwan scrambled fighter jets on Friday as 18 Chinese aircraft buzzed the island, crossing the sensitive midline of the Taiwan Strait.
Beijing has watched with growing alarm the ever-closer relationship between Taipei and Washington, and has stepped up military exercises near the island, including two days of mass air and sea drills last week.
Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said Friday's drills, about which he gave no details, were taking place near the Taiwan Strait and involved the People's Liberation Army's eastern theatre command.
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INTERPRETER: The drills are reasonable, necessary action given the current situation in the Taiwan Strait and aimed at safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Taiwan is a sacred and inseparable part of China. Taiwan is a purely internal Chinese affair that [? broke ?] no foreign interference.
Recently, the US and Democratic Progressive Party have colluded with each other closely and are frequently causing issues. Whether it is using Taiwan as leverage to curb China or relying on each other's power to bully or frighten others, these are just wishful thinking and doomed to fail.