He Taiwan Ministry of Defense detected 28 warplanes of the Chinese regime in the vicinity of the island, many of whom crossed the middle line of the strait this Sunday, which separates the island from the mainland, in unspecified “long range” missions.
Taiwan lives under the constant threat of a invasion of chinawhich considers the island as a province that has not yet managed to reunify with the rest of its territory since the end of the civil war China in 1949.
The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense assured that 20 of the detected planes crossed the median line of the strait and they entered the air defense identification zone from the southeast and southwest of the island.
The regime of Xi Jinping was carrying outmissions such as long-range exercises and training“, the agency said in a statement, in which it added that it was monitoring the situation with aircraft and patrol boats.
The island’s authorities warned that “continued military harassment” by the Chinese military in the region could lead to a sharp increase in tension and a worsening of regional security.
Taipei denounced last week a increase in the number of military aircraft raids and Chinese ships, after Beijing said that his troops were in “maximum alert” after passing through the Strait of Taiwan of two ships belonging to the United States and Canada.
Between Wednesday and Thursday of this week, 68 Chinese aircraft and 10 warships around the island, according to the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense.
Some of those aircraft and warships were heading to a unspecified area of the western Pacific to “conduct joint maritime and air training” with the Chinese aircraft carrier “Shandong”, according to the ministry.
China has made no official comment on the exercises taking place in the Western Pacific.
In April, Beijing made military exercises to simulate the siege of the island, after the Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen met with the speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy in California.
At that time, Taiwan detected 71 war planes Chinese in a 24-hour period, equaling the highest daily record set in December 2022.
Sending Chinese fighter aircraft to Taiwan’s air defense zone has become a regular activity, but the number and frequency of raids have increased in recent years, raising concerns on the island and in the international community.
On Tuesday, the regime Xi Jinping presented a project economic “integration” with the islandwith which it seeks to promote rapprochement and exchanges between both territories.
The 21 measures, promoted by the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee (CPC) and the State Council, include housing, study and work proposals in China for Taiwanese. The “equivalent of outlining the island’s future development plan,” as described by the Global Timesa hardline media outlet backed by the communist state.
One of them focuses on the coastal province of Fujianwhich Beijing seeks to turn into a “demonstration zone” of this development integrated, with facilities in social services and school enrollment for islanders who choose to move there. The aim is also to deepen industrial cooperation.
Despite the enthusiasm of the Chinese regime, the news was not well received by Tsai Ing-wen’s Executive and by the islanders who, for the most part, oppose Chinese unification aspirations.
“The Chinese government has cut leeks [expresión utilizada para describir a inversores crédulos en los mercados chinos] among his own people and now he is addressing the Taiwanese”said a commentator from a local media outlet who was skeptical amid the crisis in the real estate market in the country, the obstacles in its economic recovery and the growing complaints against officials for authoritarian practices.
(With information from AFP and EFE)