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>> Taiwan sounding the alarm Tuesday, as a small fleet of Chinese warships continue conducting exercises in and around the hotly contested South China Sea. Taiwan's Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan saying, quote, the threat of enemies is growing day by day. We should always be maintaining our combat alertness. Foreign policy correspondent David Brunnstrom.
>> Taiwan is one of the claimants to territory in the South China Sea. Several countries do have competing claims. But China actually claims almost the entire area of the South China Sea. The South China Sea is important, because it is a very crucial global trade route.>> Feng's statement coming a day after a Chinese newspaper editorial suggested China's navy, whose capabilities are still highly limited, would soon be able to cruise the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
>> China only has one aircraft carrier, and that is a ship which was built by the Soviets. But they are working on building another, which is expected to be complete by next year. They aren't gaining in experience. Every time they carry out an exercise, obviously, this adds to it.
But they've still got somewhere to go to actually develop the capabilities.>> Tensions have wrapped up over Taiwan following President-elect Donald Trump's call with Taiwan's president, and his suggestion he might abandon the One-China policy, that has defined China-US relations for decades. The Pentagon not commenting on China's drills, but a spokesperson says the US is continuing to monitor events in the region.
And recognize lawful use of sea and airspace. Taiwan was created in 1949, when the remnants of China's nationalist army fled to the island, following their defeat at the hands of Mao Zedong's communists. China has insisted all along the island remains a rogue province.