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Taiwanese prepare but seek to avert war

Taiwan military personnel participating in joint combat training exercises in Pingtung county on Sept 7, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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TAIPEI - Despite cross-strait tensions running at their highest in decades, Taiwanese retiree Lin Huei-chen is not worried about an imminent war.

"I was nervous about the People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft flying near Taiwan two years ago, but their 'trips' have become so regular that I think China's bark is probably worse than its bite," said the 64-year-old, referring to the recent spike in Chinese military activity near Taiwan.

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