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China’s first domestically produced aircraft carrier sails through Taiwan Strait

  • November 18, 2019
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NHK reported online that Taiwanese defense officials said on Sunday that a fleet led by China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier transited the Taiwan Strait. The officials said the carrier group sailed in a southerly direction through the strait and that Taiwanese, U.S., and Japanese vessels are monitoring its movements. The network said the Liaoning, an aircraft carrier originally purchased from Ukraine and refurbished by China, has sailed through the strait before, but this was the first time for the domestically built aircraft carrier, which is expected to enter service soon, to pass through the strait. The network speculated that the passage was aimed at putting pressure on Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who is regarded as pro-independence, ahead of the presidential election in January.

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