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Taiwan tensions

U.S. could break Chinese blockade of Taiwan: Navy commander

Beijing isolating island via military drills hard to counter, defense official warns

An F-18 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's USS Ronald Reagan in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

WASHINGTON -- If China imposed a maritime blockade of Taiwan, the U.S. and its allies would have the capability to break it, says Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

China certainly has "the number of vessels, and the capability at sea to execute a blockade," Paparo told Nikkei and a group of reporters traveling with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to Hawaii last week.

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