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China Sends 38 Fighter Jets, Bombers Into Taiwan Defense Zone

This latest symbolic move by China appears to be in direct response to the recent AUKUS deal and the increasingly aggressive rhetoric coming from the US, UK and its allies about the West’s newfound desire to “confront China.”

According to reports from Taiwan, the Chinese contingent included 18 J-16 jets, four Su-30s accompanied by two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers and Y-8 recon planes which were deployed on Friday.

Reuters reports…

TAIPEI – A total of 39 Chinese air force aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defence zone on Saturday, the defence ministry in Taipei said, setting a new high for missions which have infuriated the island’s government and further raised tensions with Beijing.

Taiwan, a democratically governed island that is claimed by China, has complained for over a year of repeated missions near it by China’s air force, often in the southwestern part of its air defence zone close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

Taiwanese fighters scrambled against the 39 Chinese aircraft in two waves on Saturday, the Taiwan Defence Ministry said. It said Taiwan sent combat aircraft to warn away the Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.

That was one more aircraft than on Friday, the day China marked its national day, which was at the time more planes than the country had ever sent before to harry Taiwan’s air defence zone. read more


Graphic: Mail Online

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said that on Saturday the Chinese aircraft first came during the day – 20 aircraft – followed on Saturday night by a further 19. Most of the aircraft were J-16 and Su-30 fighters, it added.

The aircraft on both missions flew near the Pratas, the ministry said, in separate statements late Saturday and early Sunday morning.

Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang condemned China for its actions on Saturday, saying the country was engaging in military aggression and damaging regional peace.

China has yet to comment.

It has previously said such flights were to protect the country’s sovereignty and aimed against “collusion” between Taiwan and the United States, the island’s most important international backer…

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