Here is CurrentHow’s Daily Briefing™ for the 26th of December, 2016 :-
1. Taiwan says Chinese aircraft carrier passed south of island :-
Taiwan said today it was closely monitoring the movements of China’s sole aircraft carrier and five other warships, which earlier passed south of the island on an exercise held amid worsening cross-strait relations.
The Liaoning and five escorts sailed 20 nautical miles outside Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) in the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines yesterday, the defence ministry said.
The ships continued sailing south-west after passing 90 nautical miles to the south of Taiwan’s southernmost point Eluanbi Monday morning. They later travelled to the south-east of the Dongsha Islands in the South China Sea, the ministry added.
“The military has been on guard and fully monitoring the Liaoning. We urge the public to rest assured,” it said.
Taiwanese media said an unspecified number of F-16 fighter jets and warships were deployed in Taiwan’s ADIZ to closely watch the Chinese warships. The ministry declined to comment.
Japan’s defence ministry said earlier that eight Chinese vessels, including the carrier and three destroyers, were spotted by one of its ships in the central part of the East China Sea on Saturday afternoon.
Chinese media has reported that the aircraft carrier was headed for the Pacific on exercise for the first time.
The navy drills are seen as a show of strength by Beijing at a time of rising tensions with Taiwan and the United States following a protocol-breaking telephone conversation between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and US President-elect Donald Trump.
It was the latest in a series of recent exercises staged by China, after its military aircraft passed near Taiwan on December 10 for the second time in a month.
Taiwan’s defence minister Feng Shih-kuan has called the timing of China’s air exercises a coincidence, but warned the island still faces a military threat.
China views self-ruling Taiwan as part of its territory awaiting unification, by force if necessary, even though the two sides split in 1949 after a civil war.
2. India successfully test-fires AGNI-5 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) :-
Agni-5, India’s longest range nuclear capable missile, was successfully test fired from the Kalam Island off Odisha coast today by the Defence Research and Development Organisation or DRDO.
The intercontinental surface-to-surface ballistic missile, the latest in India’s “Agni” family of medium to intercontinental range missiles, with new technology for navigation and guidance, gives India the strategic depth it needs to contain its rivals, say scientists.
Ready to be deployed, the Agni-5 will soon join India’s military arsenal. All Indian nuclear assets are controlled by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC), the Nuclear Command Authority (NCA), and the Strategic Activities Division (SAD) which are chaired by the Prime Minister of India.
3. BMW to recall nearly 200,000 cars in China :-
German luxury carmaker BMW will recall nearly 200,000 vehicles in China because of flawed airbags, according to the country’s quality regulator and the company.
Some 168,861 imported cars produced between December 2005 and December 2011, and 24,750 vehicles produced locally between July 2005 and December 2011 will be recalled, according to a statement posted Friday on the official website of China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (ASDIQ).
Gas generators in the defective airbags of the recalled cars could break unexpectedly, creating debris that poses a threat to riders’ safety, ASDIQ said.
The company will replace the flawed gas generators in the airbags for free, it said.
Earlier this month, BMW China said they would recall some 22,543 imported BMW and Rolls-Royce vehicles also with flawed airbags.
The airbags in some imported BMW and Rolls-Royce cars produced between 2011 and 2012 might not deploy properly due to a programming error, the company said.
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