December 26, 2019 / 9:27 AM / 2 months ago

China sails carrier group through Taiwan Strait as election nears

TAIPEI, Dec 26 (Reuters) - China has sailed its new aircraft carrier into the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan’s defence 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 defence 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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