Taiwan said it has deployed fighter jets to warn off the 30 warplanes that China sent into its air defense zone. The Monday incident marked the biggest incursion since January.
This incident came a few days after US President Joe Biden warned China against invading Taiwan. It also happened on the same day a US official visited the island to discuss security with leaders.
In recent months, China has geared up the frequency of its air missions, claiming they are training drills. Such moves have left Taiwan angered hence causing tensions in the region.
The latest incident included 22 fighters, as well as electronic warfare, early warning and antisubmarine aircraft, according to Taiwan’s defence ministry.
The warplanes flew in an area to the northeast of the Pratas Islands. This is part of the Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ), according to a map the ministry provided.
But the planes did not cross over into Taiwan’s airspace itself, which would have been regarded as an act of hostility.
According to analysts, these incursions were a warning to Taiwan’s government for moving towards a formal declaration of independence.
Beijing has said in the past that the exercises were geared to protect its sovereignty.
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