HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Taiwan Defence Ministry informed that it has sent combat aircraft to warn away the Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them
  • On Friday, the Taiwanese fighters scrambled against 38 Chinese aircraft in two waves
  • The first invasion comprised 18 J-16 and four Su-30 fighter jets plus two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft
  • The second incursion comprising 10 J-16s, 2 H-6s, and an early warning aircraft flew down into the Bashi Channel that separates Taiwan from the Philippines

Today, Taiwan criticized China after Beijing marked the founding of the People’s Republic of China with the largest ever incursion by the Chinese air force into the island’s air defence zone. On Friday, the Taiwanese fighters scrambled against 38 Chinese aircraft in two waves.

Addressing the media, Taiwan Defence Ministry informed that it has sent combat aircraft to warn away the Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them. Almost for a year, Taiwan has complained of repeated missions by China’s air force near the democratically governed island. “The continuous attack by China has damaged the regional peace,” Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang said.

According to a statement by the Ministry, the first invasion comprised 18 J-16 and four Su-30 fighter jets plus two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft. It flew in an area close to the Pratas Islands. On the other hand, the second incursion comprising 10 J-16s, 2 H-6s, and an early warning aircraft flew down into the Bashi Channel that separates Taiwan from the Philippines.

Meanwhile, there has been no comment from the Chinese delegation. The latest incursion by China came less than a day after its government launched an attack on Taiwan’s foreign minister. The previous largest incursion happened in June, involving 28 Chinese air force aircraft.

China has always pressurized Taiwan both military and politically to accept Chinese sovereignty. However, Taiwan claimed that it is an independent country and will defend its freedom and democracy.

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