Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense denounced the incursion of at least 30 Chinese planes into its air defense zonethe latest episode in a series of flights that began a few years ago and that the Taiwanese authorities denounce as a pressure measure by the Xi Jinping regime to claim its sovereignty over the territory.
The Ministry confirmed that in this latest incursion several Chinese planes entered to the southwest, among which are at least six ‘J-16’, eight ‘J-11’, four ‘J-10’ fighters, as well as two ‘KJ-500’ and two ‘Su-35’ aircraft, among others.
As on so many other occasions, the Taiwan Army declared a state of alert to respond to the incursion and warn Chinese fighters to leave the area immediately, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Taiwan warned on numerous occasions of Chinese military activities in its vicinity, especially the numerous incursions by Air Force planes, episodes that have been repeated in recent months and that the Island Government understands as a sovereign pressure maneuver. by the Xi Jinping regime.
This is the largest incursion into Taiwanese airspace by Beijing since January 23, when 39 planes entered the Taiwanese air defense zone.followed by last May 21, when there were at least 14, according to the news portal TaipeiNews.
Last Wednesday, the Chinese Army carried out exercises near Taiwan as a “warning against the plot between the separatist forces and the United States” after President Joe Biden said he would intervene militarily if Beijing tries to take the island by force.
“This is a patrol of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) around Taiwan with the aim of being prepared for combat and conducting both maritime and air training exercises”said the colonel Shiyispokesman for the EPL Eastern Theater Command, in a statement.
Shi noted that the exercises were “a solemn warning against the recent collusion between the United States and ‘Taiwanese separatist forces’.” “It is hypocritical and useless for the US to take actions completely contrary to its words and frequently embolden the ‘Taiwanese independence forces.’ All these acts by the US will only lead to a dangerous situation and will have serious consequences for themselves.”he underlined.
“Taiwan is part of China. The PLA troops have the necessary determination and ability to thwart interference from any outside forces or secessionist attempts. We will firmly safeguard national sovereignty and security, as well as peace and stability in the region,” the spokesperson stressed.
Last Monday, the Chinese regime reacted harshly to statements by Biden, who stated from Japan that his country maintains its commitment to defend Taiwan, implying that it would intervene militarily in the face of a potential Chinese invasion of the islandwhich Beijing regards as an “inalienable” part of its territory.
Last October, China and the United States had an unfriendly exchange on Taiwan’s behalf after Biden announced an explicit “commitment” to defend the island in the event of a Chinese invasion, prompting Beijing to stop sending “wrong signals.” ”.
China insists on “reunifying” the People’s Republic with the island, which has been governed autonomously since the Kuomintang (KMT) nationalists withdrew there in 1949 after losing the civil war against the communists. and continue the ROC regime, which culminated in the transition to democracy in the 1990s.
But since then the voices claiming to declare the independence of Taiwan as a sovereign state have gained strength.
This irritates Beijing, whose rhetoric has not ceased to inflame since the accession to power of the current Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wenin 2016, and insists that “reunification will be achieved”.
The island is also one of the main 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 China.
Both countries seem to be pushing the ‘status quo’ created in 1979, when Washington recognized Beijing as the only Chinese government with the understanding that Taiwan would have a peaceful future, to the limit.
The Taiwan Relations Act of that year does not guarantee that the United States will intervene militarily if the People’s Republic of China attacks the island, but it doesn’t rule it out either.
Links between Taiwan and mainland China were only re-established at the business and informal level in the late 1990s. 1980. China regards Taiwan as its rogue province, even though the island has declared its independence and has the support of the US government and the European Union.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)
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