China sends fighter jets to check Taiwan’s patience

Chinese air force jets briefly crossed the line- midline of the Taiwan strait on Monday and were tracked by Taiwanese missiles. Taiwan’s govt said, as US health chief Alex Azar visited the island to offer US support.

Alex arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, China claims the island as its own and condemns this trip.  Azar is the highest- level US official to visit Taiwan in four decades.

China, which had promised unspecified reprisal to Azar trip, flew j-11 and j-10 fighter aircraft onto Taiwan’s side of the sensitive and narrow strait which separates China and Taiwan border at around 9 am, shortly before Azar met Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen.

Taiwan’s land base anti-aircraft missile tracked the Chinese aircraft and they were driven out by patrolling Taiwanese aircraft, the air force said in a statement released by the defence ministry.

It was the third time since 2016 that  the Chinese jets crossed the straight median line.

“It’s a true honor to be here to convey a message of strong support and friendship from President Trump to Taiwan,” Azar told Tsai in the Presidential Office.

“I’d like to reiterate that political considerations should never take precedence over the rights to health. The decision to bar Taiwan from participating in the WHA is a violation of the universal rights to health,” Tsai said.

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