US-made CM-11 tanks (in background) are fired in front of two 8-inch self-propelled artillery guns during the 35th

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A senior Taiwanese official warned Wednesday that the self-ruled island will fight to “the very last day” in a conflict with China, which has increased its military activities nearby.

“We are willing to defend ourselves, that’s without any question,” Taiwanese foreign minister Joseph Wu said, according to the AP.

“We fill fight a war if we need to fight a war, and if we need to defend ourselves to the very last day, then we will defend ourselves to the very last day,” he added.

The Chinese military sent an aircraft carrier group led by the Liaoning to drill in waters near Taiwan on Monday to strengthen the Chinese navy’s “capability to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests,” a Chinese ministry of defense spokesman said.

The spokesman added that such exercises will continue.

Also on Monday, 10 Chinese aircraft, including four J-10 and four J-16 fighters, a Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft, and a KJ-500 early warning plane, entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, CNN reported.

Commenting on Monday aerial incursions and carrier drill, Shi Hong, the executive chief editor of the Chinese magazine Shipborne Weapons, told the Chinese state-affiliated Global Times that the “the exercise showed that the [People’s Liberation Army] is capable of surrounding the island of Taiwan.”

He added that the drills send a deterrent message to not only Taiwan but foreign forces, such as the US and Japan, that might support Taiwan in a contingency. While Washington is not required to come to Taiwan’s defense, it counts the democratic state as a partner and has long supported Taiwan’s self-defense through sales of military equipment, such as last year’s $2 billion deal for coastal defense missiles.

The Chinese military aircraft flights near Taiwan have become regular occurrences. Taiwan’s defense ministry said Wednesday that 15 Chinese aircraft, including 12 fighter …read more

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