Jan 11, 2017 Culture Comments Off on Tsai briefed on Chinese carrier in Taiwan Strait
President Tsai Ing-wen has called the defense ministry twice to hear briefings on the latest movements of the Chinese aircraft carrier in the Taiwan Strait. Tsai is in Central America on a trip to Taiwanese allies in the region.
Presidential Office spokesperson Alex Huang said that after attending the inauguration of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, President Tsai Ing-wen was in touch with top security officials who reported on the Liaoning's position.
"After the president heard the report, she ordered firstly that the national security team and the defense ministry should continue to monitor the Liaoning closely and at the same time prepare contingency plans," said Huang. "She said these two agencies must fulfill their mission. She hopes that the work of the national security agencies and defense ministry can alleviate public concern."
A group of Chinese ships, let by the Liaoning aircraft carrier, sailed in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday morning. The ships did not enter Taiwan's territorial waters. However, the defense ministry said they did enter Taiwan's air defense identification zone, staying to west of the medial line that runs down the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan scrambled jets and naval vessels to monitor the ships' movements.
President Tsai has order the National Security Bureau to closely monitor the fleet and prepare to respond. The president has also called on to the public to remain calm.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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