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China's Liaoning aircraft carrier, seen here in the South China Sea, sailed into the Strait of Taiwan on March 21.   © Reuters
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A widening gulf in the Taiwan Strait

Pro-independence president draws China's ire

SHUHEI YAMADA, Nikkei senior deputy editor, and CHRIS HORTON, contributing writer | Taiwan

TOKYO/TAIPEI -- On March 21, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning sailed through the Taiwan Strait, the 177 km wide channel that separates Taiwan from China, setting off alarm bells in Taipei.

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