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Chinese forces tested their ability to deploy ballistic missiles designed to strike U.S. aircraft carriers, as Beijing raises the specter of an invasion of neighboring Taiwan in response to a recent visit to the island by three U.S. senators.

“We have been holding night exercises on a regular basis recently, which usually continues until early the next day,” People’s Liberation Army Col.

Jiang Feng said of the Tuesday drills, according to regional media. "We often change training grounds, striking targets, and launch bases without prior notice to test the troops’ skills and pave the way for the brigade to fight and be able to fight at any time.”

Chinese state media reportedly released footage of the DF-26 missiles, known as “carrier killers.” The display comes on the heels of “amphibious landing drills” that state media linked to the arrival in Taiwan of a bipartisan Senate delegation. In tandem, the drills call attention to Chinese preparations to invade the island democracy and combat U.S. forces that might attempt to intervene to defend Taiwan.

“If anyone dares to separate Taiwan island from China, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will give it a head-on strike and firmly defend national reunification and territorial integrity at all costs,” Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said Tuesday, when the missile test reportedly took place.


The mainland Chinese government claims sovereignty over Taiwan but has never ruled the island, which is the last redoubt of the government overthrown in the communist revolution. The United States has not had diplomatic relations with Taipei since 1979, when former President Jimmy Carter established diplomatic ties with Beijing in a bid to drive a wedge between the Chinese Communist regime and the Soviet Union, but Washington has maintained friendly unofficial ties with Taiwan and is bound by federal law to provide “such defense articles and defense services in such quantity as may be necessary” for the island government “to maintain sufficient self-defense capabilities.”

The DF-26s create a math problem for the Pentagon. U.S. lawmakers expect that most American warships would have to leave the region in a crisis in order to escape the range of the “carrier killers.” American submarines could still operate closer to Taiwan, and B-52 bombers could arrive in as little as 28 hours, but U.S. strategists perceive a need to position additional land-based missiles in the region, in order to have enough missiles within range of Chinese positions in a major conflict.

“Now, the mainland's military advantage over Taiwan is overwhelming,” the Global Times, a Chinese state media outlet, wrote this week. “We also have the ability to prevent the US' military intervention if a serious cross-Straits crisis happens. The mainland already has the dominant power to decide how and the pace to resolve the Taiwan question.”

U.S. allies in the region could help offset that perceived Chinese advantage. Australian officials are spending $10 billion to extend the life of six submarines.

“We need to be realistic about what lies ahead by way of threat in our own region, and the submarine capacity is a significant part of how we mitigate that risk, and it’s important we get the program right,” Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said Thursday.

South Korea is also poised to upgrade its missile capabilities after President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to scrap historic limits on Seoul’s missile arsenal in a recent meeting at the White House. Moon’s government avoids diplomatic disputes with Beijing, in part due to South Korea’s economic dependence on China, but the two presidents “emphasized the importance of preserving peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait” in their joint statement last month.

China’s defense ministry denounced the visit by the three senators in part because they flew to Taipei on a C-17, a military cargo plane "capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases,” as the U.S. Air Force notes. Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan joined two Democratic senators, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Chris Coons of Delaware, on the flight to announce that Taiwan would receive 750,000 vaccines from the U.S.


Sullivan emphasized the geopolitical significance of the trip, in addition to the public health ramifications of the vaccines.

“Over twenty-five years ago, I was deployed as part of a U.S. Marine Corps amphibious task force to the Taiwan Strait during a very challenging and critical time for Taiwan’s democracy,” he said. “America’s presence then was in response to Chinese provocations on the eve of the presidential election in Taiwan and it demonstrated American commitment and resolve. Today’s bipartisan Senate delegation visit to Taiwan is yet another demonstration of that continued commitment to our friends and partners in this critical area of the world, as well as a reminder of how the United States’ presence over the past several decades has been instrumental in the development of security, prosperity and democracy throughout the Indo-Pacific region.”

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Caroline Crouch cop who was first on scene took baby daughter from killer husband as he acted ‘cold & strange’

THE COP who arrived first at the scene at Caroline Crouch's house took her baby daughter Lydia from the arms of the killer husband as he said he acted "cold and strange".

Officers who arrived at the couple's home at Glyka Nerafound the 20-year old Brit dead next to her baby daughter while her husband Babis Anagnostopoulos was tied and blindfolded.

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7The first cop who arrived at the scene took the baby from her dad's armsCredit: Rex 7He said the pilot was acting strangelyCredit: YORGOS KARAHALIS

The helicopter pilot had originally told police a gang of Albanian criminals had broken into the house and tortured and killed his student wife.

He later confessed  confessed to killing the young mum as he "lost his temper" during an argument.

According to Proto Thema, President of Police N / A Attica George Kalliakmanis said the officers who arrived at the crime scene on May 11, had suspected Babis right from the start.

"The police officers who arrived at the scene found a very "polished" house," he said.

"Usually burglars empty everything.

"The officers noticed the pilot was acting "cold" when they released him.

"The perpetrator allegedly did not know about his wife's death and asked 'Is Caroline dead?'

"He then said a few words and got the baby in his arms."

He continued by saying that one of the officers noticed the 33-year-old "acting strangely" and got the baby from his arms.

"That's when he told me he was suspecting the husband did it," he added.

7Babis admitted he killed Caroline after he lost his temper during a rowCredit: Tim Stewart 720-year-old Caroline was strangled to death on May 11Credit: Tim Stewart 7The pilot was pictured hugging Caroline's mumCredit: Tlive

It comes as:

  • Caroline's husband confessed to killing his wife
  • He was described as a "top actor" by police
  • Caroline's mum didn't suspect her daughter's husband "for a second"
  • Caroline's diary reveals she was planning to leave her husband
  • Babis admitted he was planning to hide Caroline's body

He concluded by saying that the house did not look like a house that had just been robbed as clothes were thrown around looked staged.

The 33-year-old pilot spent over a month deceiving police and playing the role of the devastated widower.

Cops eventually discovered his version of the story story did not match with the data they had found on the couple's smart devices.

An app on the pilot's phone tracked his repeated steps from the attic to the basement of the home at the time he had claimed to be blindfolded and tied up by the alleged burglars.

Police also had discovered the memory card in the security camera of the couple's home had also been removed at 1:20 am - while he had claimed the thieves broke into the house several hours later.

Caroline's smartwatch recorded that her heart had stopped beating hours before the time Anagnostopoulos claimed she must have been murdered.

While Anagnostopoulos was at the island of Alonnisos for Caroline's memorial service, police had to set up a trap, fearing he might flee the country.

Officers who travelled to the island by helicopter approached him and asked him to follow them in order to identify a suspect they had allegedly arrested at Athen's airport Eleftherios Venizelos.

After an eight-hour- investigation Babis confessed to his crime saying he "panicked" and was planning to hide the mum's body before deciding to fake a violent robbery because he wanted to keep the custody of his daughter.

On Friday the pilot arrived at court surrounded by cops and was charged with intentional homicide and animal abuse as well as with false accusations.

He has since apologised for his crime and said he is only concerned about his baby daughter Lydia.

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A coroner's report revealed that Caroline fought her husband minutes before her death.

The police file also includes Caroline's diary which shows the relationship of the couple was far from perfect and that she was considering leaving him for a long time.

 Caroline's mum claimed she did not suspect her daughter's husband "for a second."

Killer husband of Caroline Crouch says he ‘deserves his punishment’ after telling cops he suffocated Brit mum because he ‘lost his temper' HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:

Women's Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, where you call 999 and press ‘55’ if you can’t safely speak.
  • Always keep some money or a bank card on you, including change in case you need a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to move towards an exit if you are inside the house and get your phone in case you need to call for help.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other potential weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom.

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service - available every day from 10am-6pm or email [email protected]

SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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