Chinese Bombers Carried Out “Simulated Attack” On USS Roosevelt Carrier Near Taiwan

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Chinese Bombers Carried Out "Simulated Attack" On USS Roosevelt Carrier Near Taiwan

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Tensions spiked in the South China Sea and near Taiwan over this past weekend and have continued boiling since, after Chinese PLA aircraft made repeat in incursions into Taiwan’s claimed airspace. In response Taiwan’s Air Force scrambled jets in its own ‘show of strength’ deterrence message, and with the US aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt in the region, China’s Defense Ministry subsequently warned Taipei on Thursday that “independence means war”.

A new report in FT that broke overnight now reveals that the Sunday incident was even more alarming for the prospect of direct conflict than previously thought. FT cites unnamed intelligence sources to report that “Chinese military aircraft simulated missile attacks on a nearby US aircraft carrier during an incursion into Taiwan’s air defense zone three days after Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to intelligence from the US and its allies.”

Chinese Bombers Carried Out "Simulated Attack" On USS Roosevelt Carrier Near Taiwan
File image of Taiwan Air Force F-16 monitoring a Chinese H-6 bomber, via Taiwan’s Defense Ministry

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