China Circled Taiwan With Nuke-Bombers Before Trump Call
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"BEIJING — China encircled the self-ruled island of Taiwan with nuclear-capable bombers as part of its first long-range surveillance mission, Taiwanese officials said Tuesday.
The Nov. 25 incident came a week before Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen called President-elect Donald Trump in a conversation that broke decades of diplomatic protocol with Beijing."
"Four of the aircraft flew an anti-clockwise loop round Taiwan, an island a little larger than the state of Maryland that China sees as a breakaway province, before meeting up with the other two planes to the north of the country, Chen said. He did not specify which planes made the complete lap.
None of the planes entered Taiwan's airspace nor its air defense identification zone, the spokesman added.
He said it was the first time Chinese aircraft have encircled the island on what he described as long-distance surveillance mission." READ THE ENTIRE STORY AT NBC NEWS