China conducts combat readiness patrol as U.S. lawmakers visit Taiwan

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BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) -China’s military said on Tuesday it had conducted a combat readiness patrol in the direction of the Taiwan Strait, after its defence ministry condemned a visit to Taiwan by a U.S. congressional delegation it said had arrived on a military aircraft. The patrol was aimed at the “seriously wrong” words and actions of “relevant countries” on the Taiwan issue and the activities of pro-independence forces in Taiwan, a Chinese military spokesperson said in a statement. Cross-strait tensions have been rising in recent months, with Taiwan complaining for a year or more of repe…

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