China sails carrier group through Taiwan Strait as election nears

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – China has sailed its new aircraft carrier into the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Thursday, weeks ahead of presidential election on the island.

Democratic Taiwan is claimed by China as a wayward province and is the Communist Party’s most sensitive and important territorial issue. China has threatened to attack if Taiwan moves toward formal independence.

The Chinese carrier group sailed north through the Strait, the defense ministry said in a short statement without giving details on when this happened.

Reporting By Yimou Lee; editing by John Stonestreet

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Reuters

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