Defense officials said more than a dozen Chinese military aircraft and four naval ships were detected near Taiwan on Friday morning.
Intrusions by Chinese warplanes have become an almost daily occurrence in recent months, but Friday’s aggression comes ahead of a visit by Foreign Minister Antony Blinken.
A high-altitude Chinese surveillance balloon was also spotted in the sky over Montana on Thursday, prompting some senators to ask Blinken to cancel his trip.
US government monitoring suspected Chinese spy balloons in northern states
Sen. Steve Dines, R-Mont., requested a full security briefing from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about the balloons, saying Malmstrom Air Force Base (AFB) and the United States could be intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) field targets . intelligence operation.
Austin, who was visiting Camp Navarro in the Philippines when the news broke, called a meeting with senior Defense Department leaders and called for no military action because of “the risk to the safety and security of people on the ground from the potential debris field”. decided to do. ,” according to a senior defense official.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s military activated aircraft, naval vessels and land-based missile systems on Friday morning to monitor China’s incursions.
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Taiwan’s ambassador to the US, Bi-Khim Siao, said last month that the island had learned important lessons from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“What we are doing now is to prevent the pain and suffering of Ukraine’s tragedy from repeating itself in our scenario in Taiwan,” he told The Associated Press. “So ultimately, we want to prevent the use of military force. But in the worst-case scenario, we understand that we have to be better prepared.”
Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.
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