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China turns up pressure on Taiwan with record warplane dispatches

149 sorties in 1st four days of this month more than the whole of September

A Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location in this undated file photo released by the Taiwan defense ministry.   © AP

TAIPEI -- China is ramping up aerial incursions into Taiwan's air defense identification zone as it seeks to reinforce the message that it is prepared to take island by force.

Taiwan's defense ministry announced on Monday that a daily record of 56 Chinese warplanes, including 12 nuclear-capable bombers, had entered the southwest corner of its ADIZ. The 149 sorties in the first four days of October is a 27% increase from the number of flights logged in the whole of September.

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