Chi-Coms Sail Aircraft Carrier Through Taiwan Strait in Show of Force Just Hours Ahead of Joe Biden’s Call with President Xi

March 18, 2022 in News by RBN Staff

source:  gatewaypundit


By Jim Hoft
Published March 18, 2022 at 9:00am

Duan Dang — China’s Shandong aircraft carrier and a Type 052D destroyer spotted heading to Taiwan Strait on March 17.

China sailed its finest aircraft carrier, Shandong, through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday as the USS Destroyer Ralph Johnson shadowed it.

This show of force took place hours before Joe Biden and China’s leader Xi are set to speak.

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The Hill-Yahoo reported:

A Chinese aircraft carrier on Thursday made a trip through the Taiwan Strait just hours ahead of President Biden’s slated call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday.

“Around 10:30 a.m. the CV-17 appeared around 30 nautical miles to the southwest of Kinmen, and was photographed by a passenger on a civilian flight,” a source familiar with the issue told Reuters.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry also confirmed the incident, giving no details but saying they know the “full grasp” of China’s actions in the Taiwan Strait.

The source added that Taiwan sent warships out and the USS Ralph Johnson, and the destroyer, USS Arleigh Burke, followed the Chinese ship for part of its trip.