Taiwan’s air force sent out aircraft this Sunday against new Chinese military movement, with its defense ministry saying that 19 aircraft including nuclear-capable planes had gone into Taiwan’s air defense zone.
Taiwan has said for a year that repeated missions by China’s aircraft close to the island nation, often in the southwestern area of its air defense zone close to Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.
The latest China mission used 10 J-16 and four Su-30 fighter jets, and four H-6 bombers, which can be equipped with nuclear weapons, and one anti-submarine aircraft, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry reported.
Taiwanese aircraft were sent out to warn away the Chinese planes, while missile systems were used to monitor them, the ministry stated.
The Chinese aircraft went into an area nearer to the Chinese rather then Taiwanese coast, around northeast of the Pratas, according to a map given by Taiwan’s military.
There was no prompt statement from China.
The last activity of this size was on June 15, and involved 28 Chinese aircraft, the biggest incursion reported by Taiwan ever.
China usually does such missions to show displeasure at something that Taiwan has done or during shows of global support for the democratically governed island, especially by the U.S., Taiwan’s main armer and ally.
It was not certain what could have prompted China to launch its air-force this time, though a United States warship and a United States Coast Guard cutter went through the Taiwan Strait just last month.
China has said these activities were necessary to guard the nation’s sovereignty and handle the “collusion” between Washington and Taipei.
Taiwan’s defense ministry warned in the previous week that the threats from China were increasing, saying that China’s armed forces could “paralyze” Taiwan’s military defenses and are fully able to monitor its movements.
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Author: Scott Dowdy