Taiwan Scrambles Jets, Navy After Chinese Aircraft Carrier Group Enters Taiwan Strait

Tyler Durden's picture

While much of America was preparing to listen to Obama speak one final time, the Chinese had far less lofty ambitions, and on Wednesday morning Beijing sent a group of Chinese warships led by China's sole aircraft carrier north through the Taiwan Strait, resulting in Taiwan scrambling jets and navy ships in the latest sign of heightened tensions between China and the self-ruled Taiwan.

According to Reuters, The Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier, returning from exercises in the South China Sea, was not trespassing in Taiwan's territorial waters but entered its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the southwest, Taiwan's defense ministry said.

China's Liaoning aircraft carrier conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea,

in this undated photo taken December, 2016

As a result Taiwan scrambled jets and navy ships to "surveil and control" the passage of the Chinese ships through the narrow body of water separating Taiwan and China. "We have full grasp of its movements," Taiwan defense ministry spokesman Chen Chung-chi said.

The defense ministry spokesman added that the Taiwanese military aircraft and ships have been deployed to follow the carrier group, which is sailing up the west side of the median line of the strait.

Previously, China has said the Liaoning aircraft carrier was on drills to test weapons and equipment in the disputed South China Sea and its movements comply with international law.

As Reuters adds, the latest Chinese naval exercises have unnerved Beijing's neighbors, especially Taiwan which Beijing claims as its own, given long-running territorial disputes in the South China Sea. China claims most of the energy-rich waters of the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

While China traditionally distrusts Taiwan, and especially the new President Tsai Ing-wen, it has has stepped up pressure on her following a protocol-breaking, congratulatory telephone call between her and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump last month.

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blown income's picture

Shits getting real

beemasters's picture

Let them settle their own real shits.

Thought Processor's picture


Carriers today are pretty easy targets in this um, modern age.  Whatever you do don't google 'rocket propelled torpedo'.


They've aparently been around for decades.

flaminratzazz's picture

ss n22 sunburn

Russian Super Sunburn SS-N-26 ONYX Missiles Make US Navy Obsolete & US Attack on Iran Suicidal

gmrpeabody's picture

So you can imagine just how useless that Chinese carrier is...

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) flaminratzazz Jan 10, 2017 10:39 PM

The chinks chose the best moment, when lame duck is shitting his pants for not finding a job until the end of the month.

Meanwhile the US Navy plays with stupid toys


effendi's picture

Hardly toys, looking at that video it is apparent that the drone swarm could be used to herd birds/drive them in certain directions. If they were to force birds into the path of an oncoming aircraft and smash the birds into the window or intakes (but the drones themselves making their escape and making themselves scarce) then aircraft could be made to crash in "accidents" without leaving evidence of foul play. Great for not just the military but for the black ops and deep state guys to add to their bag of tricks.

Zero Point's picture

What's the range on that "one platform war winner" there champ? Oh, and then compare that to the range of the aircraft on the carrier.

Justin Case's picture

Imagine traveling from Beijing to San Francisco in only 100 minutes. That might be possible if China makes good on their supersonic submarine. Using experimental Soviet weapons technology, Chinese scientists say they can make a submarine that can break the sound barrier underwater. It's a technology called supercavitation. Find out more on this episode of China Uncensored!

Koba the Dread's picture

No, Blown! Shit's always been real. It's not just some mirage in the bottom of your toilet bowl. As to the Taiwan Straits, PROC has sailed its navy through the straits in international waters as can any other nation. As is standard procedure, Taiwan has sent reconnaisance aircraft aloft to monitor the passing. This is not a story; it is just click bait, first reported by ABC News. ZH has just reposted it to fill up space in an otherwise boring news day. Click bait city, pal!

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) blown income Jan 11, 2017 1:35 AM

getting but not yet.

Lost in translation's picture

< y a w n >

China's "aircraft carrier" is a joke.


Lore's picture

I'll show you my aircraft carrier if you show me yours.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Lost in translation Jan 10, 2017 10:21 PM

Look, man... Chrome plated plastic is better than you'd think.

Thought Processor's picture



The real question is: how good are their subs?

Milton Keynes's picture

The real question is how accurate their DF-21 Missile is.




That could really mess up a carrier.

Justin Case's picture

If China is a joke, what do ya call dis?

The USS Milwaukee, the fifth LCS ship delivered to the Navy, broke down less than a month after it was commissioned Nov. 21.

The USS Fort Worth broke down in January, USS Freedom broke down in July, USS Coronado in August and the USS Montgomery had failures three times in the course of a month and a half during September and October. (RELATED: Second Navy Combat Ship Goes Down Because Someone Forgot To Check The Oil)

Time to buy ships from China or Russia. Tax payers money wasted while the MIC sits on stacks of cash.

Hipower's picture

I don't want to be mean but I know a little on the subject. New ships especially with new tech always suffer break downs. This is called the shake down period . The time after their commissioning allows for this because the drawing board is never the same as real life . Americas tech is the best. It's just not perfect.

RedBaron616's picture

The LCS shouldn't even be called ships. They are one-hit kills, nothing more than a DoD make-work program. To make matters as bad as possible, they decided in their ultimate stupidity to buy TWO different designs, thus unnecessarily complicating the supply chain, training, etc. Accepting two designs just proves how much of a make-work the LCS boondoggle is. They are now calling them frigates, which is even a bigger joke. Someone should have been fired for thinking these were worthwhile.

Cluster_Frak's picture

World War 3 here we come... I wonder what historians will identify as a trigger point.

CurveBall's picture

History is written by the victors. My guess is, if WW3 pops off... we're not going to have to worry to much about the victor, or the moment of the breakdown, shit...we probably won't have to even worry about historians.

My $0.02

abyssinian's picture

Did Taiwan send paper air planes and Jet skis to follow the carrier ? 

Hipower's picture

Taiwan has the preimier F 15 and !st class  American technology. The vaunted Chinese carrier is a renovated Ukranian leftover.

autofixer's picture

Scripted drama, just like The Apprentice.  

False_Profit's picture

With our machine based manufacturing gutted, we need to keep Taiwan close...

DarkPurpleHaze's picture

What could possibly go wrong?

The Taiwan policy is outdated and of little use to the U.S. except as a grand bargaining chip to be played at some point.

Otherwise a situation over Taiwan wlll inevitably present itself and it'll either be a diplomatic embarrassment or a full blown confrontation.

Handful of Dust's picture

I thought all those Chinese Gubmint officials had already moved to Vancouver, Seattle and SF?

Cabreado's picture

"While much of America was preparing to listen to Obama speak one final time"

Uh, no.
A strange thing to say.

dlweld's picture

He spoke? Sorry, I guess I missed it.

Laughing.Man's picture

MSM making a mountain out of an ant hill.  Personally this shouldn't be our concern.  Let them figure it out themselves.  It always end in tears whenever we stick our noses into matters that we have no business in.

CRM114's picture

One more minor bit of willy-waving for the benefit of the news networks.


besnook's picture

china knows an above water navy is obsolete. that's why they just refurbished an old unit. it is just for show but what a show. the final act will be the bomb.

Laughing.Man's picture

They're set to launch their first indigenous carrier modeled after the refurbished one in the coming Spring.  There's also reports of them just starting to build their second indigenous one (CATOBAR).

shantyman's picture

Let them build them...Still only a Target

onmail1's picture

China's boundaries end nowhere

roddy6667's picture

The Straights are right off China's shore. America sails an armada of carriers, destroyers, submarines and air support throught he same water and Americans think that it's OK. The US is 7000 miles away and has no business in the Straits. That's like the Chinese navy cruising through Long Island Sound.

Hipower's picture

America is in the straits because it is an Empire . All known history is the rise and fall of Empires. China wants to be the new Empire . The current Empire doesn't like that . I'm in the sphere of the American Empire . Seeing the way China treats its citizens makes me want to stay there . Amen . Praise God.... and bacon cheeseburgers .

AriusArmenian's picture

American cannot be a republic and an empire; choose only one.

End the American empire, restore the republic.

roddy6667's picture

I'll bet you have never spent a day in China. Where do you get your "information" about how China treats its citizens? You don't know, do you? Why do you believe third hand information that is from sources that constantly lie to the public?

roddy6667's picture

The Chinese ships were only 20 miles off their own coast, yet somehow this is presented as "threatening" Taiwan.

yogibear's picture

Obama in Shitcago listening to gangster rap. Like being in the hood again.

A little over a mile for him to China town.


reader2010's picture

Isn't the Chinese economy not particularly sound at this moment? isn't true that Chinese people want to take their money and run away from China? The elites in Beijing desperately need some smoke and mirror to distract people's attentions from the real issues. Nothing new here.

Lore's picture

Meh. It's a busy international shipping lane. Nothing actually 'happened.' 

Nobody's economy is 'sound' at this moment. The banksters have woven a web of debt around all the nations of the world, and it's all about to fall apart.

roddy6667's picture

There is no unrest in China. That is a wet dream for the Neocons and people whwo read and write Doom & Gloom Porn blogs. A tiny fraction of one percent have taken their money our of China. A lot of them are fleeing the crackdown on corruption.

The Chinese economy is growing, and almost everybody is better off year after year, unlike America, There is unrest amongst the citizens of the US, and the captive, government-controlled press is trying to point fingers at Russia and China to distract its own people from the failing nation.

TeaClipper's picture

Taiwan will have to wait, all US aircraft carriers are in port being prepared for WW3

Shyysiryxius's picture

Or they are in port to avoid being hit in a retaliation or first strike.

December 1941 comes to mind.