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China sends warplanes through Taiwan airspace

Beijing opposes island's bid for WHO seat as coronavirus spreads

A Taiwanese F-16 fighter jet flies next to a Chinese H-6 bomber passing over the Bashi Channel on Feb.10. (Photo courtesy of Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense)

BEIJING/TAIPEI -- Chinese military aircraft crossed the median line between the mainland and Taiwan Monday on the heels of the self-governed island pushing to join the World Health Organization amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Several Chinese planes, including the H-6 strategic bomber, flew through the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan into the western Pacific Ocean around 10 a.m., Taiwan's defense ministry said. The median line in the Taiwan Strait serves as the de facto border between mainland China and the island.

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