China sends warplanes near Taiwan as both move to join Pacific trade deal
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Taiwan accused China of bullying after it sent 24 warplanes toward the self-ruling island, which like Beijing has applied to join a trans-Pacific trade deal.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — China is an "arch criminal" intent on bullying Taiwan and has no right to oppose or comment on its bid to join a pan-Pacific trade pact, Taiwan's government said in an escalating war of words over Taipei and Beijing's decision to apply. Taiwan, a self-ruling island that Beijing claims as its territory, said on Wednesday it had formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, less than a week after China submitted its application. China's Foreign Ministry said it opposed Taiwan "entering into any official treaty or organization," and on Thursday Taiwan said China had sent 24 military aircraft into the island's air defense zone, part of what Taipei says is an almost daily pattern of…