Taiwan scrambled jets Wednesday as China's sole aircraft carrier led Chinese warships through the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions between the mainland and self-governing island it claims as its own territory, Reuters reported. A ministry statement said the Liaoning was traveling northwest along the center line dividing the strait, along with its battle group. The heavily trafficked 100-mile-wide Taiwan Strait separates Taiwan from southeastern China. The Liaoning set off for the Western Pacific last month, passing through the Miyako Strait, south of Okinawa, and then the Bashi Channel separating Taiwan from the Philippines as it entered the South China Sea. Ma said he had no information on the Liaoning's passage through the Taiwan Strait and referred questions on the matter to the Defense Ministry, which did not immediately respond.
Source: Fox News January 11, 2017 06:10 UTC