TAIPEI – Twenty-eight Chinese Air Force planes, including nuclear-capable fighters and bombers, entered Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, the government said. island, the largest incursion reported to date.
Although there was no immediate comment from Beijing, the news comes after the leaders of the Group of Seven issued a joint statement on Sunday berating China for a range of problems and underlining the importance of peace and peace. stability across the Taiwan Strait, comments China condemned as “slander”.
Taiwan, claimed by China, has complained in recent months about repeated Chinese air force missions near the autonomous island, which is concentrated in the southwestern part of its air defense zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.
The latest Chinese mission involved 14 J-16 and six J-11 fighters, as well as four H-6 bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, and anti-submarine, electronic warfare and early warning aircraft, a said the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense.
It was the largest daily incursion since the ministry began regularly reporting Chinese Air Force activities in Taiwan’s ADIZ last year, breaking the previous record of 25 aircraft reported on April 12.
The ministry added that Taiwanese fighter jets had been sent to intercept and warn against Chinese planes, while missile systems were also deployed to monitor them.
Not only did the Chinese plane fly into an area near the Pratas Islands, but the bombers and some of the fighters flew over the southern part of Taiwan, near the lower tip of the island, according to a map provided by the ministry.
China’s Defense Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.
China has in the past described such missions as necessary to protect the country’s sovereignty and deal with “collusion” between Taipei and Washington.
The United States, which like most countries does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, has watched with concern escalating tensions with Beijing.
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“In response to the growing threat from the PRC, we will continue to deepen our informal security relationship to ensure that Taiwan has sufficient capabilities to defend itself,” a senior US administration official told Reuters, referring to the People’s Republic of China.
A Pentagon spokesperson added that “China’s growing military activities near Taiwan are destabilizing and increase the risk of miscalculation.”
China describes Taiwan as its most sensitive territorial issue and a red line the United States should not cross. He has never renounced a possible use of force to ensure eventual unification.