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Monday, August 23, 2004

China Preparing for Confrontation With US, Taiwan PM Says

August 23, 2004
Taiwan's prime minister has accused China of preparing for a possible confrontation with the United States by sending Navy research vessels to map underwater terrain in the western Pacific, Taiwanese media reported Monday. ...

He said Chinese oceanic research ships had intruded into Taiwanese territorial waters on numerous occasions, and had also entered Japan's territorial waters a total of 21 times during 2003-4.

According to Taipei's Central News Agency, Yu said Beijing's aim was to break the U.S. defense line in the western Pacific - a line that runs through Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines. .... FR Reprint.


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