Chinese military planes and ships invaded Taiwan’s airspace and waters again early Wednesday in what has become a daily show of intimidation against the island nation.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said four Chinese military aircraft and three Chinese naval ships were spotted around 6 a.m. local time.
The Defense Ministry said Taiwan’s armed forces are monitoring the situation and CAP aircraft, navy ships and land-based missile systems have been tasked to respond to China’s activities.
Intrusions by China into Taiwan have been an almost daily occurrence for weeks as tensions between the two countries escalated.
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Taiwan broke away from the mainland after a civil war in 1949 and has no official ties but is linked by billions of dollars in trade and investment.
The Chinese Communist Party regularly flies fighters and bombers near Taiwan to enforce its stance that the island is bound to unite with the mainland – by force if necessary.
Tensions escalated in August after Nancy Pelosi, then-Speaker of the US House of Representatives, became the highest-ranking US official to visit the island in 25 years.
Lai Ching-tey, who currently serves as Taiwan’s vice president and has assumed the new role of the ruling Democratic Progress Party, vowed to uphold the self-ruled island’s democracy in the face of China’s authoritarianism.
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“Facing China’s threat in the future, our new mission is to defend Taiwan, promote Taiwan’s democracy, peace and prosperity,” Lai said. “Peace is something that everyone hopes for.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.