Since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the democratically-run island in August, China has sent 71 warplanes in its largest military show of force near Taiwan. Taipei has accused Beijing of “military intimidation.”
According to Taiwan’s defence ministry, the group consisted of 47 Chinese military aircraft that entered Taiwan’s southwest air defence identification zone in a 24-hour period up until 6 am Monday after crossing the Taiwan Strait’s median line. China also sent seven naval warships close to the island.
“The CCP’s related ‘military intimidation’ is clearly aimed at deterring our people, which will not help the CCP’s international image,” Taiwan’s Defense Ministry stated. By 6 am today, 71 PLA aircraft and 7 PLAN vessels were spotted in the area bordering Taiwan. The R.O.C. Armed Forces have been keeping an eye on the situation and have been charged with responding to these actions using CAP aircraft, Navy vessels, and land-based missile systems.
After the US allowed expanded military aid to the island, Taiwan and China were reported to be engaging in increasing “collusion and provocations,” according to a statement from China’s military on Sunday.
A $1.7 trillion budget bill that contained $2 billion in funds for Taiwan’s military was approved by US lawmakers last week. The US National Defense Authorization Act, which enables up to $10 billion in arms sales to Taiwan, has also come under fire from China’s defence ministry for exaggerating the Chinese danger and meddling in that country’s domestic affairs.
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan enraged China, which Foreign Minister Wang Yi described as a “complete farce” and threatened to “those who offend China will be punished.” In response to her visit, Beijing conducted previously unheard-of military exercises in the vicinity of Taiwan, which included shooting missiles into the water and breaching the line dividing the Taiwan Strait.
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