59 aircraft and 11 warships were sent to Taiwan by the Chinese military
China launches 59 aircraft and 11 warships in “simulated strikes” against Taiwan, claiming the aircraft were armed with “live ammunition.”
The ministry reported that military drills are still being carried out by China’s “Eastern Theatre Command” close to Taiwan.
On Monday, as Beijing’s war games entered their third day, Taiwan’s defense ministry reported that it had spotted 11 Chinese warships and 59 aircraft in the area.
After Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-most wen’s recent state visit to the US, the Chinese military had earlier warned Taiwan with an announcement of three days of “combat readiness patrols.”
According to the news agency AFP, China claimed on Monday that aircraft carrying live ammunition carried out practice strikes close to Taiwan.
59 aircraft and 11 warships were sent to Taiwan by the Chinese military on Monday, according to the latter’s defense ministry, which AFP also reported.
China announced that it would conduct multi-day live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Straight off the coast of Fuzhou city shortly after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen arrived back from her trip to the United States and met with Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and other lawmakers. Because of how furiously it had reacted to Tsai’s meeting with US Speaker Kevin McCarthy in Los Angeles, it was widely anticipated that China would begin the military exercises.
In response to the McCarthy meeting, China increased military activity and imposed travel and financial sanctions on people connected to Tsai’s US visit.
China has never renounced using force to annex Taiwan and considers the island, which is democratically run, to be part of its territory. The Chinese claims are fiercely rejected by Taiwan’s government.
Additionally, the US Navy reported that on Monday, the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius carried out a mission in support of navigational rights and freedoms in the South China Sea close to the Spratly Islands. According to that statement, the destroyer’s operation complied with international law.
Around 6 a.m. on Sunday and 6 a.m. on Monday, 70 fighter jets were detected, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, with half of them crossing the informal Taiwan Strait median, which was once thought to be the boundary between the two countries. Eight J-16 fighter jets, four J-1 fighters, eight Su-30 fighters, and reconnaissance aircraft were among the aircraft that crossed the median.
Taiwan claimed that it kept an eye on Chinese movements using both its navy ships and land-based missile systems.
The local Maritime Authority announced over the weekend that the People’s Liberation Army of China would conduct “live fire training” in Luoyuan Bay, in the Chinese province of Fujian, across from Taiwan, in addition to combat readiness patrols.
In 1949, following a civil war, Taiwan broke away from China. According to the Communist Party, which is currently in power in China, the island must reintegrate into the mainland, perhaps using force. Beijing claims that interactions with foreign officials embolden Taiwanese who desire formal independence, a move the ruling party claims would spark a conflict.
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