By Agence France-Presse
Taiwan’s navy showed off its latest long-range surveillance drone Thursday as the island’s outgunned armed forces push to counter China’s increasingly muscular rhetoric and military exercises.
China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, despite the two sides being ruled separately since they split in 1949 after a civil war.
Beijing has said it will not hesitate to use force if Taipei formally declares independence, or in the case of external intervention — including by the United States, the island’s most powerful unofficial ally.
The already tense relationship between the two sides got off to an even rockier