“Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that China’s aircraft carrier, named the Liaoning, was seen sailing north through the center of the strait that separates Taiwan from mainland China. China considers Taiwan, ruled independently since 1949, to be a Chinese province.

“China’s move comes weeks after President-elect Trump broke with diplomatic protocol by speaking on the phone with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-Wen, and it comes just days after President Tsai made a controversial stopover in the United States, meeting with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, ignoring protests from China’s government.”