24 Chinese planes and 6 ships found in Taiwan’s air defense

24 Chinese planes and 6 ships found in Taiwan’s air defense

The Chinese military said they would regularly conduct combat readiness patrols in the Taiwan Strait.

Taipei:

Taiwan’s defense ministry on Friday detected 24 Chinese planes and six ships near its territory, two days after China halted its massive military exercises near the self-ruled island.

“Today (August 12, 2022) 1700 (GMT+8) six PLAN ships and 24 PLA aircraft were detected in our vicinity. #ROCARmedForces is monitoring the situation and CAP, Navy ships and aircraft in land has responded to these activities with .based missile systems,” the Taiwan Defense Ministry said in a tweet.

After US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan against China’s wishes, Beijing began conducting massive military exercises, threatening to annex the self-governing island. After more than a week of training near Taiwan, China announced on Wednesday that it had ended its military exercises, mimicking an attack on the island.

State media outlet Global Times reported that the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said it had successfully completed various missions during recent exercises around Taiwan and effectively tested the joint operations warfare capability of the troops.

The Chinese military said they would regularly conduct combat readiness patrols in the Taiwan Strait.

In response to the Chinese threat, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said it was on high alert after the PLA announced a halt to the exercises.

The ministry said in a statement, “While the PLA Eastern Theater announces that they have ceased their joint military operation and will conduct regular patrols, the ROC Armed Forces will adjust that we take into account a number of factors, including the morale and threats to the troops. How do you deploy your forces? Earlier tweet.

On Tuesday, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said China used military exercises in the waters and airspace of the Taiwan Strait to influence the international community’s freedom of navigation and to prepare for an invasion.

Joseph Wu said China’s decision to conduct military exercises in the vicinity of Taiwan is a gross violation of Taiwan’s rights under international law and poses a serious threat to regional peace and security.

China on Tuesday justified its massive military exercises and airspace violations in the East and South China Seas, saying the country is now preparing itself for all possible scenarios after Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is a major stimulus that elevates US-Taiwan relations and poses a real threat to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and added that China has to defend itself for every possible scenario. will have to prepare.

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