>> Military jets and navy ships scrambled off the coast of Taiwan on Wednesday, the latest sign of heightened tensions across the water as a group of Chinese warships sailed too close for comfort. The fleet led by Beijing's Soviet aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is heading home from military drills in the bitterly disputed South China Sea.
It didn't breach Taiwan's international waters but it did sail under its air defense zone. And as JR Wu reports from Taipei, that was enough to trigger a serious response.>> Taiwan scrambled its jets and its navy ships, even though it wasn't a genuine threat, but it's trying to also tell China hey, we're watching.
We know what you're doing. We can also respond. Don't mess with us.>> Relations between the two sides are delicate at the best of times. And given the recent events in the US, it's hard to ignore the timing of this latest provocative move from Beijing.>> Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday met with US Republican lawmakers, senior ones.
This angers China. It had not wanted the US to allow her to stop over in Houston on her way to see Central American allies. The Liaoning's move today, somebody must have thought about it.>> Beijing officials permanently have a wary eye on Taiwan, which they see as a breakaway Chinese province with no right to official state to state relations.
They've also got a deep mistrust of Tsai, who they suspect of pushing for independence. Something China has always said it would prevent, with force if necessary.