Taiwan said it was closely monitoring the movements of China’s sole Aircraft Carrier and five other Warships, which earlier passed south of the island on an exercise held amid worsening cross-strait relations. The Liaoning and five escorts sailed 20 nautical miles outside Taiwan’s air defence identification zone in the Bashi channel between Taiwan and the Philippines according to the Defence Ministry.
The ships continued sailing southwest after passing 90 nautical miles to the south of Taiwan’s southernmost point Eluanbi . They later travelled to the southeast of the Dongsha Islands in the South China Sea. It was the latest in a series of recent exercises staged by China, after its Military Aircraft passed near Taiwan on December 10 for the second time in a month.