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China's J-10 fighter jets during a flight demonstration in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai. Photo: May Tse/South China Morning Post via Getty Images

China's government has sent 25 military jets into Taiwan airspace, the self-governed island's Ministry of National Defense said.

Why it matters: Monday's deployment of 14 J-16 and four J-10 fighters, four H-6K bombers, two Y-8 anti-sub warfare aircraft and one KJ-500 aircraft marks the biggest breach of Taiwan's air defense identification zone on record, according to the island's defense ministry.

  • The status of the democratic island of Taiwan, which the Chinese government claims is a breakaway province, is one of the most sensitive political issues between Washington and Beijing.

Details: Taiwan's defense ministry said it deployed combat aircraft to warn the jets, and used missile systems to monitor the warplanes.

For the record: The White House has called the "concerning increase" in Chinese military activity in the Taiwan Strait "potentially destabilizing."

  • The State Department issued guidelines Friday "to encourage U.S. government engagement with Taiwan that reflects our deepening unofficial relationship."
  • China's ruling Communist Party did not immediately comment on the Taiwan military report.

Go deeper: Why threats to Taiwan are a nightmare for tech

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Congress passes $2.1B Capitol security funding bill

U.S. Capitol police officers testify during a House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on July 27. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via Xinhua

A $2.1 billion Capitol security funding bill is heading to President Biden for his signature after the House and Senate passed the legislation on Thursday.

Why it matters: The legislation provides funding for the Capitol Police, the National Guard and other agencies to cover the costs incurred during the Jan. 6 riot.

Biden details new vaccination initiatives as COVID cases surge

Joe Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

President Biden detailed several new initiatives on Thursday to get more Americans vaccinated and slow the spread of the Delta variant.

Why it matters: The plan outlines aggressive next steps from the federal government as COVID-19 cases surge across the country due to the contagious Delta variant and as demand for vaccines has tapered off.

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen in 1970s

Theodore McCarrick in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked in 2019, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the 1970s, AP reports.

Why it matters: McCarrick is the first cardinal in the U.S. to "ever be criminally charged with a sexual crime against a minor," AP notes, citing Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer for the man allegedly abused by McCarrick.