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International relations

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.

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