Beijing deployed 14 J-16 and four J-10 fighters, four H-6K bombers, two Y-8 anti-sub warfare planes, and one KJ-500 early warning aircraft. It sent these planes into the southwest section of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Monday according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense.
This air parade is the largest Taiwan has received from China this year. The National Defense Ministry also sent patrol aircrafts to the area and tracked the Chinese aircrafts with missile defense systems.
In recent months, Chinese military activities have picked up steadily around the democratically ruled Taiwan. Last week, the Chinese defence ministry said the Liaoning aircraft had carried out exercises near Taiwan. However, the People’s Liberation Army also said it monitored the USS John S. McCain as it sailed through the Taiwan Strait.
Beijing cut off ties with the island in 2016 when Tsai Ing-wen became its president, and from time to time it resorts to different methods to pressure and isolate the island. China hates the fact that there exists democracy in Taiwan and sees it as its own territory, which must be seized, by force if necessary. Taipei rejects the claim saying Taiwan is already a de-facto sovereign nation.
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