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Tension over Taiwan set to remain high but military action unlikely

Members of an honour guard at the launch of Taiwan’s new amphibious transport dock, named Yu Shan, in Kaohsiung last week.
Members of an honour guard at the launch of Taiwan’s new amphibious transport dock, named Yu Shan, in Kaohsiung last week.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SINGAPORE/TAIPEI - With increased regularity since late last year, Chinese fighter jets and bombers have roared into Taiwan's air defence identification zone, with the largest-ever group of 25 aircraft doing so last week.

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) this month also held a military exercise involving its aircraft carrier Liaoning in the Taiwan Strait, the narrow strip of water - only 160km at its widest - that separates Taiwan from mainland China.

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