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    After Chinese Jets Fly Close to Island, Taiwan Claims Right to ‘Self-Defense’ But Lacks Legal Basis


    After dozens of Chinese aircraft crossed the Strait median line, issued a sharp rebuke, claiming on Monday it has the right to “self-defense and to counterattack.” However, the Chinese aircraft committed no illegal act and violated no formal agreement.

    On Friday and Saturday, a total of 37 Chinese aircraft crossed the median line in the Taiwan Strait, the narrow body of water that separates the island from the mainland. Taipei scrambled fighters to intercept the group, which contained a mix of H-6 bombers, J-10, J-11 and J-16 fighters and a Y-8 maritime patrol aircraft, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Defense.

    US Statesman Visits Island

    The incidents came amid an unprecedented event: US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach's visit to the island, which made him the highest-level US government official to set foot on Taiwan since the US ceased recognizing the Taiwanese government as the legitimate rulers of all of China in 1979.

    However, took special umbrage at this event. On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin blasted Krach's visit as a political provocation against China and an encouragement of its separatist movement, toward which President Tsai Ing Wen is seen as sympathetic.

    “We urge the US to correct its mistakes, stop all official and contacts with Taiwan, and stop interfering in China's internal affairs and stop words and deeds that undermine China-US relations and peace and stability across the…

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