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China Tightens Pressure On Taiwan

Tightening the pressure on Taiwan, China plans to follow up its missile tests with menacing war games using live ammunition near the island’s busy shipping routes.

Taiwan’s military said Saturday it was on alert, and its president accused Beijing of destabilizing prosperous east Asia.

Beijing is trying to wipe out what it sees as a Taiwanese drive to dump the doctrine of reunification with China and declare itself an independent state. China claims sovereignty over Taiwan, seat of the Nationalists who were driven off the mainland by Mao Tse-tung’s Communists in 1949.

The eight days of war games set to start Tuesday and using live ammunition potentially are more menacing to Taiwan than the three missiles that landed on its doorstep Friday, and which were thought to carry dummy warheads.

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