China said Wednesday it was committed to promoting peace and stability in Asia, even as it sent an aircraft carrier battle group through the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions between Beijing and the self-ruled island. The report made no direct reference to such concerns while casting Beijing as a force for economic development and conflict reduction. The report reiterated China’s claims over South China Sea islands and waters, as well as territories in the East China Sea controlled by Japan. RelatedDespite such rhetoric, China’s rapid military modernization has raised concerns about its intentions, particularly regarding Taiwan, which it claims as its territory. Ma said he had no information on the Liaoning’s passage through the Taiwan Strait and referred questions on the matter to the Defence Ministry, which did not immediately respond.
Source: National Post January 11, 2017 14:33 UTC