Taiwan detects dozens of Chinese aircraft and five naval ships around island

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense announced today the dynamics of the sea and airspace surrounding the Taiwan Strait. A total of 31 aircraft and ships were operating around the Taiwan Strait, of which 17 aircraft crossed the central line of the strait and entered Taiwan’s northern and southwestern airspace.

In response, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense stated that the national military used mission aircraft, ships, and shore-based missile systems to closely monitor response operations.

According to the announcement by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense regarding the latest developments in the sea and airspace surrounding the Taiwan Strait, from 6 a.m. yesterday to 6 a.m. today, a total of 26 aircraft and 5 ships from the Chinese Communist Party were detected, continuing to operate around the Taiwan Strait.

Moreover, between 3:46 p.m. and 6:39 p.m. yesterday, two auxiliary fighter sorties crossed the center line and appeared in the northern airspace, being only 41 miles away from Keelung, Taiwan. In addition to detecting auxiliary fighters in the northern airspace, between 8:53 a.m. and 6:49 p.m. yesterday, three sorties of main and auxiliary fighters were also detected in Taiwan’s southwest airspace.

Tensions between Beijing and Taipei have increased under Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen as she and her government reject China’s claims to Taiwan.

Her vice-president, Lai Ching-te, won Taiwan’s January presidential election despite warnings from Beijing that he would lead to “war and decline” in Taiwan.

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