He Taiwan Ministry of Defense detected this wednesday 26 fighters and four warships of the Chinese regime in the vicinity of the island.
In addition, nine of the planes violated the airspace to the southwest, so the Taiwanese Armed Forces They verified the situation and responded with the deployment of aircraft, vessels and land missile systems, as published by the Ministry of Defense on its Twitter account.
The incursion occurred at 06:00 local time, according to a statement published by the Defense Ministry.
The Ministry explained that, among the 26 aircraft that accessed the Aerial Identification Zone (ADIZ) of the island, included fighters J-10*4, SU-30*2, J-11*2 and Y-8 ASWbesides airplanes early warning system and airborne control.
Analysts say the increase in Chinese incursions into Taiwan’s defense zone is part of a broader tactic of “Gray zone” that keeps the island under pressure.
The increase in the number of fighter jets and naval maneuvers by the Chinese army around Taiwan usually coincides with Taipei diplomatic commitments with other countries.
Last week, the United States announced the sale of ammunition and military parts to Taiwan worth 440 million dollars, something to which Beijing expressed its rejection.
“We demand that the United States respect the ‘One China’ principle and stop selling arms to Taiwan. The US has to stop creating problems and tensions in the Taiwan Strait. They must stop harming the peace and stability in the region,” Mao Ning, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said of the arms sale.
The median of Taiwan Strait it has been for years an unofficial but tacitly respected border between Taipei and Beijing.
However, Chinese Army planes have been constantly passing through it since August last year, when the then-Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, visited Taiwan, a trip that angered Beijing.
The regime of Xi Jinping lashes out at any diplomatic action that appears to treat Taiwan as a sovereign nation and has reacted strongly to any military exercise group around the island or visit of western politicians.
China claims sovereignty over Taiwan, a territory it considers a “rebel province” since Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949 after losing the war against the communist army.
The self-governing island is one of the main reasons for friction between China and the US, since the North American country is Taiwan’s main arms supplier and would defend it in the event of a conflict.
a general of taiwan army asserted that the island will “retaliate” if it detects the incursion of Chinese ships and warplanes “within 12 nautical miles” of its sea and air space.
The general, Lin Wen-huang, assured -in statements collected by the official agency CNAs– That the island armed forces closely follow the “military activities” of the Xi Jinping Army, especially if they cross the median of the Strait of Formosa and get even closer to the coast of the island.
“If the Chinese military continues to ignore our warnings and push its way into our air, land and sea space, we will actively counterattack to safeguard our national security.”, he indicated.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)
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