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Record number of Chinese balloons around Taiwan

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Eight Chinese balloons have been spotted around Taiwan. Their activity has increased since January, after the presidential elections, Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday.

Ministry of Defense Taiwan said on Saturday it had recorded the highest number of Chinese balloons around the island since it began regularly publishing data on their presence in December.

On Friday, the day before the start of the Lunar New Year, eight balloons were observed at various altitudes – from 4,572 to 12,600 meters.

They link it to the election results

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Increasing their activity is associated with elections presidential elections in Taiwan on January 13, won by Lai Ching-te from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, which Beijing considers “separatist”. China warned before the vote that Lai’s win would bring “war and collapse” to Taiwan. Lai, who will take office in May, has proposed opening talks with China, which have so far been rejected.

In February last year United States shot down a Chinese surveillance balloon used for espionage purposes that was hovering over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South Carolina. China maintains that the balloon was a civilian ship that accidentally got lost.

Main photo source: Larry Mayer/AP/EastNews



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