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China-Taiwan LIVE: ‘Cat and mouse’ Horror as Xi pushes warships ahead – Taipei on standby

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A source told Reuters that some Chinese warships crossed the Taiwan Strait median line – an unofficial buffer that separates the two sides. In a game of “cat and mouse” the Taiwanese side monitored Chinese ships as they “pressed” the line, in an effort to deny them the chance to cross. In a press release, Taiwan’s defence ministry said China was using ships, aircraft and drones to simulate attacks on the island, adding it had dispatched aircraft to respond “appropriately”. Taiwan added its land-based anti-ship missiles and its US-made Patriot surface-to-air-missiles were on standby.

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White House slams ‘provocative, irresponsible’ escalation

The White House has slammed the “provocative, irresponsible” escalation between China and Taiwan.

A White House spokesperson said the exercises were an escalation, adding: “They are provocative, irresponsible and raise the risk of miscalculation.

“They are also at odds with our long-standing goal of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, which is what the world expects.”

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Good morning from London. I’m Tara Fair, I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on the rising tensions between China and Taiwan. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.

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