Taiwan Reports Largest Chinese Air Force Incursion Yet | China News
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the Air Force deployed missiles to “ monitor ” the incursion into the southwestern part of its air defense identification area.
Twenty Chinese military planes entered the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone on Friday, in the largest incursion reported by the island’s Defense Ministry and marking a dramatic escalation in tension in the Taiwan Strait. .
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the Air Force deployed missiles to “monitor” the incursion into the southwestern part of its air defense identification zone.
He also said his planes warned the Chinese plane, including by radio.
It was the largest incursion to date by the Chinese Air Force since the Taiwan Defense Ministry began to disclose almost daily Chinese military flights over the waters between the southern part of Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea last year.
Some of the Chinese planes flew into the airspace south of Taiwan and crossed the Bashi Channel that separates the island from the Philippines, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.
A person familiar with security planning in Taiwan told Reuters news agency that the Chinese military was conducting exercises that would simulate an operation against US warships navigating the Bashi Canal.
China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has stepped up military activities near the democratic island in recent months, a move Taiwan said puts regional stability at risk.
The presence of so many Chinese fighter jets in Friday’s mission – Taiwan said it was made up of four nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and 10 J-16 fighter jets, among others – was unusual and occurred when the island’s air force suspended all training. missions after two hunting accidents this week.
There was no immediate comment from the Chinese Defense Ministry.
Beijing regularly asserts that such exercises are not unusual and aim to show the country’s determination to defend its sovereignty.
Earlier on Friday, Taiwan and the United States signed their first agreement under the administration of new President Joe Biden, establishing a coastguard task force to coordinate policy, after China passed a law authorizing its coast guards to fire at foreign ships.
While the United States, like most countries, does not have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, it is required by law to help Taiwan defend itself and is the island’s main supplier of arms.