China raises tension in Taiwan: two attack and reconnaissance drones flew over the island for the first time

A Chinese Shenyang J-15 (Reuters) (DEFENSE MINISTRY OF JAPAN /)

The Taiwanese authorities have warned this Friday that two reconnaissance drones of the People’s Liberation Army have flown over the island “for the first time” shortly after denouncing that almost twenty Chinese planes have entered their airspace.

The Taiwan Ministry of Defense has specified that an attack and reconnaissance drone, with the capacity to carry heavy weapons, surrounded the island, while another unmanned aerial vehicle made only half a turn, movements that had not occurred until now, it has collected. ‘South China Morning Post’.

Early in the morning, the Taiwanese authorities have denounced that almost twenty fighters have entered their airspace and have also detected the presence of six ships in the vicinity of the island.


In addition, this same day, the Chinese Armed Forces have reported that they have detected a United States Air Force fighter flying over the Taiwan Strait, for which they have launched monitoring and monitoring tasks of the aircraft.

The escalation of tensions in the region began with the trip to the island of the then president of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, in August last year, although they have rebounded after the meeting between the president of Taiwan , Tsai Ing Wen and Kevin McCarthy, the current Speaker of the US House.

Delegation of French senators met with Taiwanese president

The president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, together with the vice president of the French Senate, Alain Richard, who heads a French parliamentary delegation (REUTERS / Carlos García Rawlins)
The president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, together with the vice president of the French Senate, Alain Richard, who heads a French parliamentary delegation (REUTERS / Carlos García Rawlins) (CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS /)

A delegation of senators from France met today in Taipei with the island’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, who thanked them for their “firm support for Taiwan” and their “show of friendship.”

Tsai stated that “Taiwan and France share the values ​​of democracy and freedom, and are important economic and trade partners,” while ensuring that the island “will continue to play a key role on the path of global democracy and economic development.” ”, collected the local news portal SET News.

For his part, Senator Alain Richard pointed out in his speech at the Presidential Palace that the French senators are “very concerned about the security of Taiwan” and alerted the French government to “pay attention to the security situation in the Strait of Formosa”. .

Richard explained that one of the purposes of the delegation’s trip is to “pay tribute and show respect to the Taiwanese people” and congratulate them on their “advancements in various fields, especially freedom and democracy.”

“Democracies are mutually supportive,” said Richard, who added that “the interest of the French people in Taiwan is growing.”

The senator conveyed to Tsai his wish that “the friendship between both parties continue to grow and that the exchanges continue” to “bear witness to” the concern of the French people for Taiwan.

The delegation of senators visiting Taiwan is completed by Alexandra Borchio-Fontimp, Valérie Boyer, Brigitte Devésa and Philippe Péjo.

French President Emmanuel Macron recently said after a trip to China that Europe must avoid getting drawn into any conflict between Washington and Beijing over Taiwan.

According to a group of French parliamentarians visiting the island last week, Paris’s support for maintaining the status quo “has not changed.”

The island is one of the biggest sources of conflict between China and the United States, mainly because Washington is Taiwan’s main arms supplier and would be its greatest military ally in the event of a war with the Asian giant.

China insists on “reunifying” the People’s Republic with the island, which has been governed autonomously since the nationalists of the Kuomintang (KMT) withdrew there in 1949 after losing the civil war against the communists and continued with the regime of the Republic of China, culminating in the transition to democracy in the 1990s.

(With information from Europa Press and EFE)

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