Taiwan said 25 Chinese military planes entered its defense zone on Friday, the same day Beijing marked the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and its biggest incursion there in months.
The show of force on China’s National Day near the self-governing democratic island, which Beijing claims as part of its territory, came the same week it accused Britain of sending a warship into the Taiwan Straits with “bad intentions”. Put it.
Taiwan’s defense ministry said it had sent its aircraft to broadcast warnings on Friday after 22 Chinese fighter jets, two nuclear-capable bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft entered the island’s southwest Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). scuffled.
China often sends military aircraft into Taiwan’s air defense area to show displeasure and last week flew 24 planes into the region after Taiwan applied to join a major trans-Pacific trade deal.
China’s authoritarian leaders have promised that Taiwan will one day be seized by force if necessary.
This has increased pressure on Taipei since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, which sees the island as “already independent”.
Last year, Chinese military jets made a record 380 incursions into Taiwan’s defense sector, and the number of incursions has already exceeded 500 in the first nine months of this year.
Friday’s incursion was the biggest since 28 jets breached Taiwan’s ADIZ on June 15.
It came after Britain sent a warship through the Taiwan Strait on Monday for the first time since 2008, a move that challenged Beijing’s claim on the sensitive waterway and marked a rare visit by a non-US military vessel. .
The Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army rebuked the visit, accusing Britain of acting with “bad intentions to disturb peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits”.
US warships regularly conduct “freedom of navigation” exercises in the waterway separating Taiwan and mainland China, prompting an angry backlash from Beijing.