China says Taiwan Strait flyovers a ‘solemn warning’

China says Taiwan Strait flyovers a ‘solemn warning’

BEIJING (AFP) – Chinese military exercises near Taiwan are a “solemn warning to external forces”, Beijing said on Wednesday (Jan 27), after the new United States government expressed strong support for the self-ruled island.

China views democratic Taiwan as part of its territory that must one day be reunified, by force if necessary, and the issue has quickly become a flashpoint for new President Joe Biden’s administration.

The State Department said over the weekend that US commitment to Taiwan was “rock-solid”, as Taipei reported multiple Chinese jets and bombers had flown into its air defence zone.

Taiwan issued warnings and deployed air defence missile systems to monitor the flyover, which last Saturday consisted of bombers, fighter jets and anti-submarine aircraft.