Tension in Asia: Taiwan detected 10 fighters and four Chinese Army ships in its vicinity

File image of a Taiwanese fighter in a drill in Taiwan (Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi/ZUMA Press W / DPA) (Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi/ZUMA Press W/)

Taiwan authorities reported this Saturday that They have detected 10 fighters and four ships of the Chinese Armed Forces in the vicinity of the island due to the increase in tension between the parties.

The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense indicated that at 6:00 local time the presence of 10 planes around Taiwanof which two have crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered the island’s air defense identification zone.

The Taiwanese authorities, for their part, deployed various air and sea patrols to monitor the situation, in addition to several ground missile systems, according to a statement.

During decades, both sides respected the dividing line despite the fact that Beijing considers Taiwan as part of the country. However, since 2019, incursions by Chinese military aircraft and balloons have occurred almost daily.

Taiwan was the last stronghold that Mao Zedong’s People’s Liberation Army could not take during the revolution that ended in 1949, so formally the island remains the Republic of China, as opposed to the People’s Republic of China with its capital in Beijing.

A man with a Taiwanese flag (Wiktor Dabkowski/ZUMA Press Wire / DPA)
A man with a Taiwanese flag (Wiktor Dabkowski/ZUMA Press Wire / DPA) (Wiktor Dabkowski/ZUMA Press Wire/)

The Chinese Government considers the island part of the country and under its sovereignty and has warned that could impose its control even by force. Taiwan, for its part, has the support of the United States and its allies.

In another order, this week Taiwan’s last three allies in the South Pacific, the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Palaureaffirmed their loyalty to the self-governed island, after neighboring Nauru broke diplomatic ties with Taipei to forge them with Beijing.

“The Republic of the Marshall Islands values ​​the strong relationship with the Republic of China (Taiwan) as an indispensable partner in promoting democratic principles. The RIM reaffirms its diplomatic alliance with Taiwan,” underlines a comment published by the official page of its Ministry of Commerce on Facebook.

Along the same lines, Palau turned to its government page on that social network to highlight on Tuesday its “union with the Republic of China, Taiwan, a nation built on democratic principles,” while congratulating the president-elect, Lai Ching-te (William Lai) for his election victory.

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Kausea Natano, for his part, sent a letter this week to the Taiwanese Embassy in the country to reaffirm his commitment to the island, according to the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry.

The Marshall Islands and Palau maintain a long defense relationship with the US, while Tuvalu signed a security and migration agreement with Australia in November.

The statements from the three island nations come after the government of Nauru announced on Monday the severing of its diplomatic relations with Taiwan, becoming the latest country in Oceania to turn towards Beijing.

(With information from Europa Press and EFE)