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Taiwan scrambles as Chinese aircraft carrier passes

BEIJING: Taiwan military jets scrambled to shadow a Chinese aircraft carrier passing through narrow waters separating the two sides en route to Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the former British colony's return to China.

The Liaoning fleet will be open to the public in Hong Kong and showcase the "military might" of the Chinese naval force, Xinhua cited Yang Liang, China's People's Liberation Army's Navy spokesman, as saying.

It is due to arrive on Friday, Hong Kong media said.

The Soviet-built Liaoning, whose home port is in northern China, entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday and was sailing just west of the middle of the Taiwan Strait yesterday, Taiwan's defence ministry said in a statement. 
- REUTERS

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