More than 30 Chinese aircraft detected near Taiwan

by | Mar 21, 2024

The Taiwanese Defense Ministry reported that China's air forces demonstrated their strength by sending 20 predominantly manned aircraft into Taiwan's air defense zone on Wednesday. In total, 32 aircraft were detected near Taiwan in the 24 hour period up to 6 a.m. on Thursday.

Additionally, Taipei, the capital of Taiwan disclosed that a suspected Chinese drone had conducted reconnaissance on one of the island's well-guarded secrets during a long-range patrol.

The median line of the Taiwan Strait has historically served as an informal boundary, acting as a buffer between Taiwan and mainland China. However, Beijing has stated that it does not recognize this boundary, and its military forces frequently cross it.

The Taiwanese Defense Ministry reported the detection of twelve fighter aircraft and drones west of the median line in the Taiwan Strait. Additionally, nineteen crewed attack and support aircraft were observed operating in the southwestern sector of Taiwan's air defense zone.

Taipei reported the detection of five Chinese naval vessels around the island, although specific details regarding their positions were not disclosed. In response, Taiwan deployed combat air patrols, warships, and coastal air defense systems, according to the Taiwanese Defense Ministry.

Traditionally, Taiwan does not view Chinese warplane sorties as an immediate national security threat until they cross the center line of the Taiwan Strait. Defense Chief Chiu Kuo-cheng recently reiterated that Taiwanese forces would be authorized to open fire if Chinese aircraft, whether manned or unmanned, entered Taiwan's territorial airspace, which extends 12 nautical miles from the coast.

The Chinese government asserts its claim over the democratically governed island and views its maneuvers as directed at Taipei's political leadership, which refuses to acknowledge Beijing's sovereignty over the island. However, Taiwan rejects China's claims and maintains its status as a separate, self-governing entity.

Source: Newsweek



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