China has sent 29 military planes, including bombers, to Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), according to the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense. CNN. Taipei has responded by sending several fighter jets to intercept and shoot down Chinese planes and by activating anti-aircraft missile systems.
The Ministry of Defense of Taiwan said that the planes sent by the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army included fighter jets (17), bombers (6), warning and control aircraft, aircraft designed for electronic warfare, anti-submarine aircraft, spy planes and air refueling planes.
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Wednesday that the Chinese army’s large-scale military exercises show that China’s threat to Taiwan is “more serious than ever.” Reuters.
The Chinese air raid comes less than a month after Beijing sent 30 planes on a similar mission. This year’s largest incursion took place in January and involved 39 Chinese military aircraft.
China considers Taiwan to be its territory and has never ruled out using military force to take control of the island. In recent years, incursions of Chinese military aircraft into ADIZ have become more frequent.
An area of air defense identification is imposed unilaterally and differs from the national airspace, which extends 22 kilometers from the shores of each state.
China on Friday launched its third aircraft carrier, called Fujian, as well as the province on the Chinese side of the Taiwan Strait, which separates the two countries.
The Beijing military said last month that it had organized a military exercise around Taiwan to send a “solemn warning” against Taipei’s cooperation with Washington.
Editor: Raul Nețoiu