Taiwan Defense Zone buzzes with 18 Chinese planes as military drills take place

On Friday, China flew 18 fighter jets into Taiwan’s defense zone to conduct military drills, prompting Taiwan to deploy defensive weapons to monitor China’s activities.

In a tweet on Friday, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense wrote that 18 People’s Liberation Army planes entered Taiwan’s “southwest” Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

“Radio warnings have been issued and air defense missile systems deployed to monitor activities,” Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said in an update after announcing that Chinese warplanes had entered the area. air defense of the country.

Friday’s news comes amid tensions between China and Taiwan. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and continues to urge other nations, such as the United States, not to have official interactions with Taiwan. However, Taiwan considers itself independent from China.

Chinese planes flew over the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone on May 6. Above, two American-made armed F-16V fighters fly over an air base in Chiayi, southern Taiwan, on January 5.
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According to Al Jazeera, the 18 Chinese planes that flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone on Friday are China’s second largest entry into the zone. Earlier this year, 39 Chinese fighter jets flew into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone. Al Jazeera also reported that Taiwan’s ADIZ is different from the country’s airspace, as part of the ADIZ overlaps China’s own ADIZ.

In April, several US lawmakers, including Senator Lindsey Graham, traveled to meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, drawing criticism from China. In response to the meeting, China conducted a military exercise near Taiwan.

“The Chinese military’s relevant measures are a countermeasure to negative US actions recently, including the lawmakers’ visit to Taiwan,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in response to the drills. military conducted near Taiwan.

A few days later, on April 26, the United States Navy sent the USS sampson warship in the Taiwan Strait to conduct a “routine” military exercise.

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. military flies, sails and operates wherever international law permits,” the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement in April. 26.

In response to the U.S. warship’s voyage through the Taiwan Strait in April, Chinese Eastern Theater Command Senior Col. Shi Yi called it a U.S. attempt to “deliberately undermine peace and stability in the strait.” of Taiwan”.

“Theatrical troupes remain on high alert to resolutely defend [China’s] national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Shi added.

Amid the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, Japan’s prime minister warned on Thursday that a similar situation could arise between Taiwan and China.

“We must collaborate with our allies and like-minded countries, and never tolerate a unilateral attempt to change the status quo through the use of force in the Indo-Pacific, especially in East Asia.” , said the Prime Minister.

At a press conference on Friday, Zhao said, “Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory. The Taiwan issue is purely China’s internal affairs, which cannot be discussed in the same breath as the Ukrainian situation. Japan bears grave historical responsibilities to the Chinese people on the Taiwan issue. »

Newsweek contacted the Chinese Foreign Ministry for comment.

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