Taiwan said Friday the island nation has tracked dozens of Chinese warplanes and navy vessels off its coast, marking what would be the second day of a large military exercise launched by the China's military.

Taiwan has been governed independently of China since 1949, but China's government considers the island part of its territory and has vowed to eventually unify Taiwan with the mainland.

In recent months and years, China has become increasingly opposed by what is sees as Taiwan's effort to align closer with Western nations and move more toward a democracy. 

China's most recent military maneuver toward Taiwan, which started Thursday, is over its inauguration of new leaders who refuse to accept its insistence that Taiwan is part of China, according to the Associated Press

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