New threat from China, Taiwan detected fighter planes and ships in the air and sea space of the island

Taiwan detected fighter jets and ships in the air and sea space of the island. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) (DADO RUVIC/)

The Taiwan Ministry of Defense reported this Wednesday that eight combat planes and three ships of the Army Chinese have approached its air and sea space, as they have been doing repeatedly in recent weeks.

As detailed by the Defense portfolio in a statement released on the social network Twitterat least “eight planes and three ships of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army were detected” in its surrounding region at 6:00 a.m. (local time).

Of the total fighter jets, two had entered the air defense identification zone in southwest Taiwan.

In response, the Taiwan Armed Forces are monitoring the situation and have assigned aircraft to conduct combat air patrols to protect the Taiwan area.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, aircraft of the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) conduct a joint combat training exercises around the Taiwan Island on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. China said Monday it was extending threatening Military exercises surrounding Taiwan that have disrupted shipping and air traffic and substantially raised concerns about the potential for conflict in a region crucial to global trade.  (Li Bingyu/Xinhua via AP)
Chinese regime planes fly over the island of Taiwan. (Li Bingyu/Xinhua via AP) (Li Bingyu/)

Too Navy ships and land-based missile systems have been mobilized to respond to “these activities” by China, according to the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense.

constant threats

The escalation of tensions in the region began with the trip to the island of the then Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, in August of last year.

Since then, China has launched a series of military exercises around the island it claims as its own.

On Monday Taipei detected more than fifty combat aircraft and four Chinese Army ships near the island, at least 28 of them reportedly entered the Taiwanese air defense identification zone.

Following these exercises, the first of this caliber recorded this year, the Army of Taiwan sent planes, Navy ships and ground-based missile systems “to respond to these activities,” says the ministerial portfolio.

These movements have occurred after the Chinese authorities denounced the arrival on Monday of a group of German politicians to the island, a trip in which they will meet with the president, Tsai Ing Wen, and other senior government officials.

Taiwan's pro-democracy President Tsai Ing Wen.  (Office/Handout via REUTERS)
Taiwan’s pro-democracy President Tsai Ing Wen. (Office/Handout via REUTERS) (TAIWAN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE/)

This is the first German delegation to visit Taiwan this year and the third, from Berlin, in the last three months, as reported by the island’s Foreign Ministry.

The Chinese military aircraft raids to taiwan air defense zone almost doubled in 2022with an uptick in the use of bombers and fighters as Beijing intensifies its threats against the island.

Self-governing Taiwan lives under the threat of an invasion from China, whose government claims the island is part of its territory and has vowed to take it back.

Relations between the two sides have been strained under Chinese President Xi Jinping and brutally deteriorated in 2022.

China sent 1,727 planes to the Taiwanese Air Identification Zone (ADIZ) in 2022, according to an AFP database based on daily updates released by the Taipei Defense Ministry.

The amount It far exceeds the 960 raids of 2021 and the 380 of 2020.

(With information from Europa Press)

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