Show of force

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

BEI­JING: Tai­wan mil­i­tary jets scram­bled to shadow a Chi­nese air­craft car­rier pass­ing through nar­row waters sep­a­rat­ing the two sides en route to Hong Kong to mark the 20th an­niver­sary of the for­mer Bri­tish colony’s re­turn to China.

The Liaon­ing fleet would be open to the pub­lic in Hong Kong and would show­case the “mil­i­tary might” of the Chi­nese naval force, said Yang Liang, China’s Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Navy spokesman.

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping swore in Hong Kong’s new leader on Satur­day with a stark warn­ing that Bei­jing would not tol­er­ate any chal­lenge to its author­ity in the di­vided city.

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