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Beijing’s ‘combat drills’ near Taiwan seen as a message to US military

Chinese carrier drills and stepped-up incursions into Taiwan’s air defence zone in recent weeks are meant to send a message to Washington to stand down and back off, security sources in Taipei say.The increased activity – which Beijing, unusually, described as “combat drills” on Wednesday – has raised alarm in both Taipei and Washington, though security officials do not see it as a sign of an imminent attack.Rather, according to an official familiar with Taiwan’s security planning, at least…


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