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In Beijing rebuke, Taiwan signals closer defense ties with US and Japan

Report slams Chinese challenge to cross-strait status quo

Taiwanese troops take part in a ceremony at a naval base in Kaohsiung. Taipei raised alarm bells over Beijing's military capabilities in its latest white paper.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's defense ministry called for greater cooperation with the U.S. and other countries to counter growing military pressure from mainland China in a defense white paper issued Wednesday, as Beijing and Washington vie for greater influence in the region.

China poses a dire challenge to Taiwan's security as it attempts to unilaterally change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwanese Defense Minister Yen De-fa said in the introduction to report, citing a March incident when Chinese military aircraft crossed their de facto maritime border.

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