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Beijing steps up military pressure on Taiwan after US and China announce talks

US national security advisor Jake Sullivan, left, and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi are in Bangkok for talks (AP)
US national security advisor Jake Sullivan, left, and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi are in Bangkok for talks (AP)

China has sent more than 30 warplanes and a group of navy ships towards Taiwan, according to the island’s defence ministry.

The military pressure comes on the heels of an announcement that senior US and Chinese representatives were expected to meet in the Thai capital as the two countries seek to cool tensions.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army sent 33 aircraft, including SU-30 fighters, and six navy vessels around Taiwan, between 6am on Friday to 6am on Saturday. Of these, 13 warplanes crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait – an unofficial boundary that is considered a buffer between the island and mainland. Taiwan has monitored the situation and employed its own forces in response to the activities.

China claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory and in recent years has shown displeasure at political activities in Taiwan by sending military planes and ships.

Taiwan said six Chinese balloons either flew over the island or through airspace just north of it days after the self-governing island elected Lai Ching-te as its new president. Mr Lai’s Democratic Progressive Party largely campaigned on self-determination, social justice and a rejection of China’s threats.

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Lai Ching-te celebrating his election victory in Taipei earlier this month (AP)

United States national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi were both in Bangkok for talks, though it was not clear when the meeting would take place or if it already had.

US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on the sidelines of a summit in November in an effort to patch up frayed relations due to quarrels over a range of economic and geopolitical issues. US National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said the planned meeting in Bangkok continues the commitment Mr Biden and Mr Xi made “to maintain strategic communication and responsibly manage the relationship”.

During talks, Mr Wang would make clear China’s position on Taiwan and on US-China relations, and discuss international and regional concerns, ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Friday.

An immediate international concern to both countries is tensions in the Red Sea that have upended global trade by forcing many shippers to avoid the Suez Canal. Beijing said it has been making positive efforts to de-escalate the situation in which Iran-backed Houthi rebels have fired missiles at international ships.