Military rejects report of PLA carrier on battle footing

The defense ministry says a media report about recent movements of China's aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is false.

The carrier entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone on Saturday afternoon, leaving the zone again late on Sunday.

According to a recent media report, aircraft took off from the Liaoning before it entered the zone, and the carrier group was on its highest level of battle readiness. The defense ministry said Tuesday that the report is incorrect. The ministry says the military monitored the carrier's movements and nothing noteworthy happened on the sea or in the air.

The defense ministry says media reports should be drawn from military announcements to avoid worrying the public.

Source: Radio Taiwan International