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Armed and ready to go, Taiwan air force jets screamed into the sky on Tuesday in a drill to simulate a war scenario, showing its fleet’s battle readiness after dozens of Chinese warplanes flew into the island’s air defence zone over the weekend.

China said on Tuesday it will conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week, just days after Beijing bristled at a U.S. aircraft carrier group’s entry into the disputed waters.

  • Spratly Islands - Fiery Cross Reef on June 28, 2020

  • Paracel Islands - Woody Island; date unknown

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned global leaders against starting a “new Cold War” and urged unity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Washington pledges to deepen ties with Taiwan after China sends large number of warplanes into island’s airspace.
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