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17 Chinese warplanes enter Taiwan's air defence zone as Beijing amps attack

India Today logo India Today 16-08-2022 India Today Web Desk
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A day after China said that it had carried out exercises near Taiwan, on August 16, Taiwan's defence ministry said that People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft and military movements were recorded in its region. Stating that Taiwan's forces monitored Beijing's activities, the ministry said that they retaliated against the drill via CAP (controlled air patrol), naval vessels and land-ballistic missile systems.

"5 PLAN vessels and 17 PLA aircraft around our surrounding region were detected today (August 16, 2022) until 1700(GMT+8). #ROCArmedForces have monitored the situation and responded to these activities with aircraft in CAP, naval vessels, and land-based missile systems," Taiwan's ministry of defence shared on Twitter.

Detailing the latest alleged Chinese encroachment, Taiwan's defence ministry shared graphics of the location of Chinese intruders and said that out of 17 PLA aircraft and five PLA vessels, 10 had flown past the 'east part of Taiwan strait'.

It may be noted that the PLA's latest exercise surfaced after the Chinese military announced that it would conduct fresh drills around President Tsai Ing-wen-led country. Against the backdrop of US lawmakers' visiting the country, an alert and seemingly provoked China issued a White Paper with regards to its intentions in Taiwan, as testimony that Taiwan belonged to China.

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China has claimed that American lawmakers' trip to Taiwan amounted to a gross violation of China's sovereignty with interference in its territory and internal matters. The US lawmakers met with Taiwan's president during the early hours of Monday and experts viewed the meeting as less explicit than US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's.

In fact, subsequent to Pelosi's visit, China issued a statement that it was terminating ties with the US on issues ranging from maritime security to climate change.

On August 13, amid US legislators' visit to the east Asian country, Taiwan's defence ministry detailed that nearly 13 Chinese planes crossed Taiwan and continued their military drills near the island.

A fuming China, upon the arrival of US lawmakers, issued statements wherein it declared that any diplomatic support to Taiwan or 'external interference' in the feud would be 'inconsequential'.

"We will not renounce the use of force, and we reserve the option of taking all necessary measures. This is to guard against external interference and all separatist activities," a statement by China read.

CHINA-TAIWAN DISPUTE

Taiwan, situated on the east of China's coast, is claimed by China after the two broke away in 1949, which was consequent to a civil uprising and war. The Communists held the reins over mainland China while rivals established their government in Taiwan.

Reportedly, since 2019, China has been carrying out military drills and exercises over Taiwan's territory in a bid to establish Xi Jinping's government and realign with the breakaway island. The military advancements have kept pouring in despite being repeatedly snubbed by Taiwan's president.

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