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China sent 71 fighter jets, 7 ships to Taiwan in 24 hours


Taipei, Taiwan — China’s military sent 71 planes and seven ships to Taiwan in a 24-hour show of force targeting the island, Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Monday, after China expressed anger at Taiwan-related provisions in the annual US defense spending bill passed on Saturday.

Chinese military harassment of self-ruled Taiwan, which it claims as its territory, has increased in recent years, and the Communist Party’s People’s Liberation Army has sent planes or ships to the island. almost daily.

According to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, from 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday, 47 Chinese aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial demarcation once tacitly accepted by both sides. .

Among the aircraft China sent to Taiwan were 18 J-16 fighter jets, 11 J-1 fighters, six Su-30 fighters and drones.

Taiwan says it has been monitoring China’s moves through its land-based missile systems, as well as on its own naval vessels.

Shi Yi, a spokesman for the PLA’s Eastern Theater Command, said in a statement Sunday night: “This is a resolute response to the current US-Taiwan escalation and provocations. Loan. It announced that the PLA was holding joint combat patrols and joint strike exercises in the waters around Taiwan.

Shi is referring to the US defense spending bill, which calls China a strategic challenge. For the Indo-Pacific region, the law authorizes enhanced security cooperation with Taiwan and requires expanded cooperation with India on emerging defense technologies, readiness and logistics.

The Chinese military often uses major military drills as a show of force in response to the US government’s actions in support of Taiwan. It conducted massive live-fire military exercises in August in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Beijing views visits by foreign governments to the island as a recognition of the island’s de facto independence and a challenge to China’s sovereignty claims.

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