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China Ramps Up Fighter Jet Flyovers Near Taiwan After McCarthy’s Visit

Beijing issues sanctions, travel ban for those associated with visit

  • On Saturday, the Taiwanese government reported that China had dispatched warships and dozens of fighter jets toward Taiwan as a response to a meeting between U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan.
  • The Chinese military commenced three-day “combat readiness patrols” aimed at warning Taiwan against seeking permanent independence. 
  • The People’s Liberation Army did not indicate whether these patrols would involve missile exercises, which had previously disrupted shipping and airline flights. 
  • In response to Speaker McCarthy’s meeting with President Tsai, Beijing imposed a travel ban and financial sanctions against American individuals and groups associated with the visit.
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