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Taiwan records highest number of Chinese incursions in a single day since October 2021

In 2021, exactly the same number of aircraft violated the line dividing the two federal states: 56 aircraft, including fighters and bombers, as well as an aircraft carrier operated in the area.

A total of 56 Chinese military aircraft have crossed Taiwan’s self-proclaimed Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), the highest number of incursions in a single day since October 2021, Taipei said Thursday.

In its daily report, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) said 17 of the planes crossed the dividing line between the two sides of the Strait, an unofficial border that Taipei and Beijing have respected for decades.

Another 39 flew over the south-west and south-east regions of the self-proclaimed ADIZ between 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday (11:00 p.m. on Tuesday in Lisbon) and 6:00 a.m. on Thursday (11:00 p.m. on Wednesday in Lisbon).

Toward 56 recorded raids equal the record set on October 4, 2021when another 56 Chinese aircraft violated the island’s ADIZ, although this time they passed at a greater distance from the main island of Taiwan.

During the latest maneuvers, Chinese military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (‘drones’) flew within 133 kilometers of the northern city of Keelung, where a military base is located, and came within just 61 kilometers of Cape Eluanbi, the southern tip of Taiwan, MDN reported.

The Armed Forces of the Republic of China [nome oficial de Taiwan] “We monitored the situation and deployed fighter aircraft, naval vessels and coastal missile systems in response to detected activities,” the statement said.

Taiwan’s military said in a separate statement that it had detected 37 Chinese aircraft, including J-16 fighters and H-6 bombers, operating from the aircraft carrier Shandong near the island earlier in the day.

Taiwanese Defence Minister Wellington Koo said the government was in “full control” of the situation, adding that the aircraft carrier had not passed through the Bashi Strait, which separates Taiwan from the Philippines, but instead travelled through the Balintang Channel, which lies between the Philippine islands of Batanes and Babuyan.

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Tensions between Taipei and Beijing have increased since the assumption of power of pro-independence politician William Lai (Lai Ching-te), considered an “instigator of separatism” and an “agitator” by the Chinese authorities, as the new President of Taiwan on May 20.

Since then, the Ministry of National Defense has detected a total of 939 Chinese military aircraft operate around the islandOf these, 701 crossed the Strait border line or violated Taiwan’s self-proclaimed ADIZ, an average of nearly 15 incursions per day.

The island’s leader has repeatedly proposed dialogue with the Chinese government, arguing that the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China “are not subordinate to each other,” an attitude categorically rejected by Beijing, which considers the island part of its territory.

Source: Observadora

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