]>> Military jets and navy ships scrambled off the coast 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 Beijings Soviet-built aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is on its way back from military drills in the South China sea.
It didn't breach Taiwan's territorial waters, but it did sail under its Air Defence Zone enough to trigger a response from Taipei to match the Chinese shore force. China insists the path it took was legal, but Taiwanese forces were on the water and in the air, making sure it didn't break the line in the narrow strait that separates the two sides.
It's hard to ignore the timing of the latest rumble. Just a few days ago, Taiwan's leader Tsai Ing-wen held meetings with officials on US soil. That seriously angered Beijing which views Taiwan as a renegade province with no official state to state relations. China suspects that Tsai wants to push for independence from the mainland, and has never ruled out taking Taiwan back by force.