Beijing steps up military pressure on Taiwan after US and

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

According to Taiwan's Defense Ministry, China sent more than 30 fighter jets and a group of naval ships to the island in 24 hours

January 27, 2024, 12:00 PM ET

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The military pressure follows an announcement that senior American and Chinese officials are expected to meet in the Thai capital as the two countries seek to ease tensions.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army sent 33 aircraft, including SU-30 fighters, and six naval ships around Taiwan between 6 a.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday. Of these, 13 fighter jets crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait – an unofficial border that is considered a buffer between the island and the mainland. Taiwan has been monitoring the situation and deployed its own military forces in response to the activities.

United States national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi were both in Bangkok for talks, although it was not clear when the meeting would take place or whether it had already taken place.

During the talks, Foreign Minister Wang will clearly state China's position on Taiwan and US-China relations and discuss international and regional concerns, ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday.

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