Carrier Rattling in the Taiwan Strait

Taiwan scrambles jets, navy as China aircraft carrier enters Taiwan Strait

Good times out east:

Taiwan scrambled jets and navy ships on Wednesday as a group of Chinese warships led by China’s sole aircraft carrier sailed north through the Taiwan Strait, the latest sign of heightened tensions between Beijing and the self-ruled Taiwan.

The Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier, returning from exercises in the South China Sea, was not trespassing in Taiwan’s territorial waters but entered its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the southwest, Taiwan’s defense ministry said.

As a result Taiwan scrambled jets and navy ships to “surveil and control” the passage of the Chinese ships through the narrow body of water separating Taiwan and China, Taiwan defense ministry spokesman Chen Chung-chi said.

A few days ago, a Chinese H-6 bomber flew around the Spratly Islands.

What could possibly go wrong?

UPDATE: Stephen Green:

President Obama supposedly “pivoted” the focus of our diplomacy and military towards Asia in 2012, but it’s China making all the moves.