China statement after Taiwan scrambles jets against Liaoning

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China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy spokesman Liang Yang on Thursday gave his statement over the alleged near-face-off between Beijing’s sole aircraft carrier group and Taiwan’s fighter jets and navy ships.

In a short statement on the Defense Ministry’s website, Liang said the Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier has sailed out of the Taiwan Strait on Thursday morning, after Taipei yesterday scrambled its naval forces to shadow the carrier group through the narrow waterway separating China from Taiwan.

During the navigation of the Strait, the aircraft carrier group “meticulously operated” upon returning from exercises in the disputed South China Sea, PLA diplomat said.

He said the Liaoning carrier group, “visiting the South China Sea to conduct cross-maritime region drills and tests, has passed through the Taiwan Strait and continues with its further duties.”

Meanwhile, Taiwan said the carrier group did not pose a threat and it did not enter its territorial waters but did sail into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ).

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