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China sends more warplanes as Taiwan honors late leader

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Posted at 2:42 AM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 02:42:07-04

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China has sent 19 more warplanes toward Taiwan for the second day as the island's leader, senior government officials and a high-level U.S. envoy have paid tribute to the man who led Taiwan’s transition to democracy, former President Lee Teng-hui.

It follows a similar display of force Friday when China sent 18 warplanes across the midline of the Taiwan Strait.

Keith Krach, the U.S. undersecretary for state, kept a low profile at the service.

His presence at the event and on the island has drawn a strong rebuke from China.

President Tsai Ing-wen honored Lee for bringing about a peaceful political transition to the island democracy.

Lee’s insistence that the island be treated as an equal country brought him into direct conflict with Beijing.