Chinese military vessels and aircraft approach Taiwan space again, defense ministry says

Streaming HUBJanuary 23, 2023

Chinese military ships and aircraft were detected around Taiwan’s waters and airspace on Monday morning, according to defense officials, as tensions between the two countries escalated.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry tweeted that nine aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army, or PLA, and four ships of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, were detected at 6 a.m. (UTC+8) on Monday.

“The ROC Armed Forces have monitored the situation and tasked CAP aircraft, naval ships and land-based missile systems to respond. [to] these activities,” the tweet read.

Chinese military aircraft, ships enter Taiwan’s airspace for at least the eighth time in a week

For the third week in a row, China has reportedly sent military aircraft and ships toward Taiwan, often crossing the center line of the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial buffer zone separating Taiwan from China.

Intrusion by the Chinese Army is becoming a daily occurrence. Indeed, the Ministry of National Defense tweeted yesterday that 10 PLA ​​aircraft and 4 PLAN ships had been detected near Taiwan, and on Friday Taiwanese officials reported 14 PLA aircraft and three PLAN ships in the area.

On Thursday, Taiwan had 31 PLA aircraft and four PLAN ships, and the Defense Ministry reported that 12 aircraft crossed the center line of the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan is conducting military exercises to show its ability to resist Chinese pressure to accept Beijing's political control over the island.

Taiwan is conducting military exercises to show its ability to resist Chinese pressure to accept Beijing’s political control over the island.
(AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

Beijing renewed threats against the island nation last week, warning foreign politicians holding talks with the self-governing island were “playing with fire.”

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A spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said the country was re-committed in the new year to “defending sovereignty and territorial integrity” and “subversive conspiracies for Taiwan independence”, which broke away from mainland China in 1949. were separated.

Last week, Taiwan’s military held drills aimed at reassuring the public about its ability to counter threats from China, ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.

China has responded to foreign visits by conducting large-scale military exercises seen by some as blockades or rehearsals for invasion. Beijing sends airplanes and warships toward Taiwan on an almost daily basis, often crossing the center line of the 100-mile Taiwan Strait that divides the sides.

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In late December, China sent a record 71 aircraft and seven ships toward Taiwan – the largest such exercise in 2022.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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