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    TAIWAN has scrambled fighter jets to protect its territory after China deployed more than 30 warplanes to buzz the island. Dramatic video shared by Chinese state TV shows missiles being launched and jets mid-flight as part of joint military operations in the waters surrounding Taiwan. 5Taiwan has scrambled fighter jets in response to Chinese military drillsCredit: Ministry of National Defence 5China has sent some 36 fighter jets to Taiwan's territory in the past dayCredit: AP 5Chinese state media shared a map of its war drills around the islandCredit: CCTV For its part, Taiwan's Ministry of Defence has shared its own footage of military exercises, including the second day of live-fire artillery drills in Pingtung, the southernmost province on the island. The defence ministry claimed that 10 Chinese warships and 36 military aircraft had been detected around Taiwan on Wednesday. In response, the ministry said it was monitoring the situation and deploying its own naval vessels, aircraft, and land-based missile systems. Earlier on Wednesday, sources claimed Chinese naval ships were active off both the east and west coasts of Taiwan, while...
    TAIWANESE fighter jets were scrambled as 20 Chinese warplanes & 14 warships beared down on the island amid fears of invasion. China has deployed a massive amount of military equipment to effectively blockade Taiwan during a string of war games. 1A Chinese military jet flies over Pingtan island, one of mainland China’s closest point from TaiwanCredit: AFP Most read in US NewsTRAGIC LOSS Infant and pregnant mom pictured after video showed horror crash that killed 6TERROR TORTURE Kidnapped girl, 12, held captive for a week after mom & brother dismemberedDEADLY BLAZE Ten people killed in horror house fire as criminal investigation launchedCODE RED China 'convinced it needs to hit US with Pearl Harbor-style strike' over Taiwan
    China tonight sent 21 military planes into Taiwan's air defence zone, Taipei claimed, as Beijing boasted that it had dispatched its elite J-20 stealth fighter jets toward the tiny island nation. Beijing's fighter planes had earlier sent a warning as they buzzed the Taiwan Strait, the 100 mile-wide strip of water that separates the two nations, in the immediate aftermath of House of Representative speaker Nancy Pelosi's arrival in Taipei. Chinese media confirmed its J-20 stealth jets had taken to the skies around the island, and two of Beijing's warships – a destroyer and a frigate – are in the seas to the east. The Global Times reported: 'Additional important drills [were] announced for days to come.' The firing of missiles into the Taiwan Strait would be the first such act since 1995, the last time there was deep concern about the possibility of all-out war. United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was greeted by Taiwanese foreign minister Joseph Wu (left) as she stepped off the plane in capital city Taipei in the last few hours for a brief trip...
    China sent warplanes to the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, sending a powerful warning ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island Tuesday afternoon. The Chinese, who warned Pelosi not to visit the small island, sent the military vehicles to the Strait, which marks the dividing line between China and Taiwan. Despite China's warning, the United States said it would not be intimidated by the country's "sabre rattling." PELOSI'S TAIWAN TRIP EXACERBATES BIDEN'S CHINA HEADACHES AND LEADERSHIP QUESTIONS "Faced with reckless U.S. disregard of China's repeated and serious representations, any countermeasures taken by the Chinese side will be justified and necessary, which is also the right of any independent and sovereign country," China's foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Tuesday, according to Reuters. Beijing's reaction to Pelosi's visit may include firing missiles near Taiwan, conducting large-scale air or naval activities, or making "spurious legal claims" such as asserting that the Taiwan Strait is not an international waterway, according to White House national security spokesperson John Kirby. "We will not take the bait or engage...
    Seoul, South Korea (CNN)More than 50 US and Japanese warplanes flew over waters near Japan this week as the two allies put on a show of force amid rising tensions in the region with China and Russia.A dozen of the US Air Force's top-of-the-line F-22 stealth fighters, four F-35 stealth jets and 13 F-15 jets took part in the exercises, the Japanese Defense Ministry said in a news release Thursday.The US fighter jets were joined by 20 Japanese F-15 and F-2 fighters, and three US reconnaissance and support aircraft. JUST WATCHEDRelated video: China is a pacing challenge: Air Force chief of staffReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHRelated video: China is a pacing challenge: Air Force chief of staff 03:04The Japanese and US fighter jets flew in the skies over the Sea of ​​Japan, Pacific Ocean and East China Sea in an effort to improve tactical skills and "joint response capability," the Japanese Defense Ministry said.The US Air Force did not immediately comment on this week's exercises, but the service said in a news release last month it had dispatched 12 F-22s from...
    Seoul, South Korea (CNN)A total of 29 Chinese warplanes entered Taiwan's self-declared air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, according to the island's Defense Ministry.The Defense Ministry said the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force planes were a mix of fighter jets, early warning and control aircraft, electronic warfare aircraft, anti-submarine aircraft, electronic intelligence aircraft, and aerial refueling aircraft.It was the third-highest daily number of Chinese jets entering Taiwan's ADIZ since the start of the year and comes less than a month after China sent 30 warplanes on a similar mission.In response, the Taiwanese military scrambled combat aircraft to warn the Chinese jets away, issued radio warnings and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor the activities, the Defense Ministry added. Chinese J-11 fighter jets -- seen here in a 2009 file photo -- were among the warplanes that flew near Taiwan on Tuesday, according to the island's Defense Ministry.Taiwan and mainland China have been governed separately since the defeated Nationalists retreated to the island at the end of the Chinese civil war more than 70 years ago.Read MoreBut...
    Singapore (CNN)Chinese warplanes are targeting US allies in a high-stakes "game of chicken" over the Asia-Pacific that risks spiraling out of control -- raising the risk of an incident that could spark war.That is the view of analysts who warn increasingly aggressive maneuvers by Chinese fighter jets -- accused of endangering both Canadian and Australian aircraft and crew in recent incidents -- are a sign Beijing is pushing its territorial claims to a dangerous new level. And it is the threat of this brinksmanship spiraling into a conflict -- possibly following the downing of a warplane -- that will be exercising minds when Asia's biggest defense summit, the Shangri-La Dialogue, begins in Singapore on Friday.All eyes will be on US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, both of whom will address the conference on their visions for security in the region and are expected to meet each other on Friday evening for bilateral talks.Senior US defense officials said that Washington will focus in part on "setting guard rails on the relationship," one official said, while calling...
    Seoul, South Korea (CNN)Canadian surveillance planes helping to enforce United Nations sanctions on North Korea are being repeatedly buzzed by Chinese jets that fly so close their crews can see each other, Canada's military has alleged.In some instances the Chinese warplanes have come so close the Canadian aircraft have had to change course to avoid a collision, the Canadian Armed Forces said Wednesday."In these interactions, PLAAF (People's Liberation Army Air Force) aircraft did not adhere to international air safety norms. These interactions are unprofessional and/or put the safety of our RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) personnel at risk," said Dan Le Bouthillier, media relations chief of the Canadian Armed Forces. A Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora arrives at Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, in 2021.Canada claims the alleged encounters occurred in international airspace during the most recent iteration of Operation NEON, Canada's contribution to enforcing sanctions on North Korea. It did not give specific dates, but said the encounters were increasingly frequent. The Chinese aircraft sometimes came so close that their air crew were "very clearly visible" to personnel...
    The Chinese army sent aircraft into Taiwan's air defence zone over the weekend to 'test and improve their combat capability', Beijing said.  Taiwan had scrambled aircraft and readied missile defences when 18 Chinese jets violated its air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday. The People's Liberation Army manoeuvres were repeated on Saturday and Sunday.  A Chinese Y-20 military transport aircraft performs during an airshow in southern China Beijing's Eastern Theatre Command said in a statement that naval and air force assets carried out the drills to 'further test and improve the joint combat capability of multiple services and arms'.  Although Taiwan responded proactively on Friday, it did not scramble defence systems during Chinese military manoeuvres on Saturday or Sunday. Living in constant fear of a Chinese invasion, the self-ruled island 100 miles off the mainland raised its alert after Russia entered Ukraine in late February. Pictured: a Chinese jet takes off from the Liaoning aircraft carrier in the Yellow Sea near Korea  It suspects a copycat invasion by Beijing, which has not condemned Putin's actions. Taiwan has complained for the...
    China sent 18 warplanes including fighters and bombers into Taiwan's air defence zone on Friday, the island's government said, in its second-largest incursion this year. Taiwan's foreign ministry said it scrambled its own aircraft to broadcast warnings and deployed air defence missile systems to track the jets. Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by Beijing, which sees the self-ruled democratic island as part of its own territory to be retaken one day, by force if necessary - something China has not been shy to admit. The final quarter of 2021 saw a spike in incursions by China into Taiwan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ), with the biggest single-day breach on October 4 when 56 warplanes entered the zone. China sent 18 warplanes including fighters and bombers into Taiwan's air defence zone on Friday, the island's government said. Pictured: A Chinese fighter jet takes off from the Chinese Navy's Liaoning aircraft-carrier in December in the Western Pacific (file photo) On Friday Taiwan said 18 Chinese aircraft - including 12 J-11 and J-16 fighter jets as well as two H-6 bombers,...
    As the Russian invasion of Ukraine rekindles concerns about China's ambitions in Taiwan, the latter country warned Thursday that nine Chinese warplanes entered its air defense identification zone. Taiwan quickly deployed aircraft in response to the Chinese planes and monitored its anti-aircraft missile systems, the Ministry of National Defense said. Chinese aircraft incursions in the ADIZ occur frequently, with over a dozen reports of such encounters during the past month.
    The Chinese air force flew roughly 40 military planes into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, the largest platoon to do so dating back to an October offensive. There were 24 J-16 fighter jets, 10 J-10 jets, two Y-9 transport aircraft, two Y-8 anti-submarine warning aircraft, and one nuclear-capable H-6 bomber among the group of 39 aircraft that participated in the incursion, its Ministry of National Defense announced on Sunday. In response, the Taiwanese military issued radio warnings, while it also deployed its air defense missile system to monitor the situation. DEMOCRATS CALL ON BIDEN TO OVERHAUL DRONE PROGRAM OVER CIVILIAN CASUALTIES The Chinese government maintains that Taiwan is a part of the mainland, while the Taiwanese consider themselves an independent country. The United States has provided Taiwan support to prevent a Chinese attack, but the relationship has been unofficial since Washington formalized relations with China. The Chinese Communist Party has utilized aggressive military tactics in recent years in demonstrations displaying its willingness to use force. Back in October, the Chinese military deployed 56 military helicopters to encroach upon Taiwan’s ADIZ...
    Hong Kong (CNN)China sent 39 warplanes into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said, the largest such incursion this year.The flights by the People's Liberation Army aircraft came a day after the United States and Japanese navies put on a massive show of force in the Philippine Sea, putting together a flotilla that included two US Navy aircraft carriers, two US amphibious assault ships and a Japanese helicopter destroyer, essentially a small aircraft carrier.Two US guided-missile cruisers and five destroyers were also part of the exercise. The Philippine Sea is the area of the Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan, between the self-ruled island and the US territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. The Navy did not say how close the flotilla was to Taiwan."Freedom at its finest! Nothing reaffirms our commitment to a #FreeandOpenIndoPacific like 2 Carrier Strike Groups, 2 Amphibious Ready Groups sailing alongside our close friends from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force," Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, commander of the US 7th Fleet based in Japan, said in a tweet.A US...
    Taipei (Reuters)Taiwan's air force scrambled again on Sunday to warn away 27 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense zone, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said, the latest increase in tensions across the Taiwan Strait as China's President met his top generals.Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China's air force near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of its air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.Taiwan calls China's repeated nearby military activities "gray zone" warfare, designed to both wear out Taiwan's forces by making them repeatedly scramble, and also to test Taiwan's responses. 27 PLA aircraft (KJ-500 AEW&C*2, Y-9 EW, H-6*5, Y-20 Aerial Refueling , J-10*6, J-11*4 and J-16*8) entered #Taiwan's southwest ADIZ on November 28, 2021. Please check our official website for more information: https://t.co/5dD6TBSyh7 pic.twitter.com/AeNKLdRaXG— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. ???????? (@MoNDefense) November 28, 2021 Over a four-day period beginning on October 1, when China marked its national day, Taiwan said that nearly 150 PLA military aircraft entered its ADIZ, not territorial air space...
    China warned that World War Three could be triggered 'at any time' on Tuesday after it sent dozens of warplanes into Taiwan's airspace. An article in the state-backed Global Times newspaper said that 'collusion' between the US and Taiwan was so 'audacious' that the situation 'has almost lost any room for manoeuvre, teetering on the edge of a face-off.' It claimed that the people of China were ready to back all-out war with the US, which backs Taiwan, warning the island nation against 'playing with fire'.  Taiwan, a democracy which considers itself a sovereign state, urged China and president Xi Jinping to put a halt to 'proactive actions' after nearly 150 Chinese warplanes breached Taiwan's airspace since Friday, including 56 jets on Monday in a dramatic increase in aggression.  Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday vowed to 'do whatever it takes' to guard Taiwan against invasion as she indicated that without help from the country's allies 'authoritarianism has the upper hand over democracy.'  Meanwhile, Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth was shown in pictures sailing in the Philippine Sea in a joint exercise...
    Taiwan has warned of 'catastrophic consequences for regional peace' if China takes over the island after days of incursions by Beijing's warplanes. President Tsai Ing-wen vowed to 'do whatever it takes' to guard Taiwan against invasion as she indicated that without help from the country's allies 'authoritarianism has the upper hand over democracy.' Nearly 150 Chinese warplanes have breached Taiwan's airspace since Friday, including 56 jets on Monday in a dramatic increase in aggression.  President Xi Jinping has described the seizure of the self-governed democracy as 'inevitable' and Beijing has ratcheted up pressure on Tsai since she was elected in 2016 on a mandate of an 'independent' Taiwan. Chinese state media has issued chilling warnings in recent days, including asking 'whether Australia is willing to accompany Taiwan… to become cannon fodder' after its foreign minister reached out for help preparing his defences.  Nearly 150 Chinese warplanes have breached Taiwan's airspace since Friday, including nuclear-capable bombers on Monday in a dramatic increase in aggression A Taiwan flag is carried across the sky on Tuesday during a national day rehearsal in Taipei, Taiwan,...
    Hong Kong (CNN)China's record number of incursions of warplanes into Taiwan's defense zone over the past four days plays to Beijing's military strengths while sending potent messages both at home and far beyond the self-governed island, Western analysts say.A mix of nearly 150 People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) fighter jets, nuclear-capable bombers, anti-submarine aircraft and airborne early warning and control planes have entered Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) since Friday, according to Taiwan's Defense Ministry.The Taiwan Ministry of Defense released this undated file photo of a Chinese J-16 fighter jet when they announced that PLA aircraft entered their air defense identification zone.While the Chinese flights have not come close to what Taiwan considers its sovereign airspace -- 12 nautical miles from its coastlines -- they have entered an area, the ADIZ, where Taipei says it will respond to any incursion.This can be done via radio warnings, anti-aircraft missile tracking or fighter jet intercepts.On Monday, when the PLAAF sent the largest number of warplanes -- 56 -- into Taiwan's ADIZ since the island began publicly reporting such activities last...
    China sent a record 52 military aircrafts into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) Monday, making it the largest incursion since the self-governing island began publicly reporting such data in 2020. The aircrafts included 34 J-16, two Su-30 fighter jets, 12 nuclear-capable H-6 bombers, two Y-8 anti-submarine warplanes and two KJ-500 airborne control planes belonging to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, according to a statement from Taiwan’s defense ministry. Taiwan issued radio warnings and deployed its air defense missile systems in response. The Chinese planes flew near the Pratas Island, an atoll in the South China Sea, located southwest of Taiwan and near the Chinese provinces of Fujian and Guangdong, according to a map of their flight paths shared by Taiwan’s defense ministry. 52 PLA aircraft (J-16*34, SU-30*2 Y-8 ASW*2, KJ-500 AEW&C*2 and H-6*12) entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on October 4, 2021. Please check our official website for more information: https://t.co/2mC6UszTMB pic.twitter.com/WOtdFvJx8o — 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. ???????? (@MoNDefense) October 4, 2021 Taiwan’s air force could be heard in radio warnings demanding the Chinese aircrafts...
    Taipei, Taiwan (CNN)Taiwan's Defense Ministry said 52 Chinese warplanes made incursions into its air defense identification zone on Monday, the highest number since the island began publicly reporting such activities last year. The previous record was posted on Saturday, when 39 Chinese military planes flew into the zone. In a statement, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry said the 52 Chinese aircraft included 34 J-16 fighter jets, 12 H-6 bombers, two SU-30 fighters, two Y-8 anti/submarine warfare planes and two KJ-500 airborne early warning and control planes. A map released by the ministry showed all the 52 incursions staying at the extreme southwestern part of Taiwan's ADIZ. In response, the ministry said radio warnings were issued and air defense missile systems were deployed to monitor the activity. In the radio warnings, the Taiwanese air force could be heard ordering the aircraft to "turn around and leave immediately" upon their entry into its ADIZ. All 52 incursions were made during daytime hours on Monday. Read MoreThe incursions did not violate Taiwan's sovereign airspace, which extends 12 nautical miles from its coast. The US...
    TAIWAN has said it is preparing for war with China as Beijing deployed 129 warplanes into its airspace in just three days. The chilling warning came after a record number of Chinese aircraft flew close to the island in what are seen as invasion rehearsals, while official media called for Taiwan to be crushed. 2A Chinese J-16 fighter flying near to TaiwanCredit: EPA 2Taiwan's foreign minister said the island was prepared for warCredit: China tonight China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and has long threatened to use force to bring it under its control, with regular invasion drills carried out by its military. Over the weekend a total of 77 warplanes flew into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) – the largest ever incursion by Chinese aircraft. And on Monday, Taiwan’s defence ministry said a further 52 planes flew into the ADIZ. That prompted Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu to say the territory was ready to fight. "The defence of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that," he told Australia’s ABC broadcaster....
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China flew more than 30 military planes toward Taiwan on Saturday, the second large display of force in as many days. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said 39 aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone in two sorties, one during the day and one at night. That followed a similar pattern on Friday, when 38 planes flew into the area south of the self-governing island. China claims Taiwan, which lies off its east coast, as its territory. The two split in 1949 during a civil war in which the Communists took control of mainland China and the rival Nationalists set up a government on Taiwan. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Taipei, Taiwan (CNN)Taiwan has reported a record number of incursions by Chinese warplanes into its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) for the second day in a row, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said on Saturday night.The self-governing island said a total of 39 Chinese military aircraft entered the ADIZ on Saturday, one more than the 38 planes it spotted on Friday. The 38 and 39 planes respectively are the highest number of incursions Taiwan has reported in a day since it began publicly reporting such activities last year.The incursions on Saturday came in two batches -- 20 planes during daytime hours and 19 planes at night, the ministry said in two statements. They were made by 26 J-16 fighter jets, 10 Su-30 fighter jets, two Y-8 anti-submarine warning aircraft and one KJ-500 airborne early warning and control plane, the Defense Ministry said. 20 PLA aircraft (J-16*14, SU-30*4 and Y-8 ASW*2) entered #Taiwan's southwest ADIZ on October 2, 2021. Please check our official website for more information: https://t.co/ga0zLOIC4d pic.twitter.com/SA59EdkJW5— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. ???????? (@MoNDefense) October 2, 2021 In...
    CHINA sent nearly 40 warplanes over Taiwan's air defense zone in two waves on Friday in a worrying show of force for the small island. Taiwan reported on Friday that China entered its air space with 38 aircrafts, as China celebrated the founding of the People's Republic of China over the Chinese-claimed island. 2China sent 38 warplanes over Taiwan's air spaceCredit: Barcroft Media Taiwan has been repeatedly reporting of missions conducted by China's air force that enters the democratically-governed island's air defense zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands. The 38 planes include 18 J-16 and four Su-30 fighter jets, according to the Taiwan Defence Ministry. The ministry also reported Taiwanese fighters were in the air with the 22 planes aforementioned in addition to two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft. As Saturday started to roll in, the ministry then announced another 13 Chinese aircrafts had entered Taiwanese air space. They consisted of 10 J-16s, 2 H-6s, and an early warning aircraft. Taiwan sent combat aircraft to warn away the Chinese aircraft and also deployed missile systems to monitor the...
    Taipei, Taiwan (CNN)China sent 38 warplanes into the skies around Taiwan on Friday, the highest number of Chinese military aircraft to breach the island's Air Defense Identification Zone in a single day since Taipei began publicly reporting such activities last year, Tawain's Defense Ministry said Friday night.The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft came in two waves, the Defense Ministry said.Twenty-five PLA warplanes entered the southwestern corner of the ADIZ during daylight hours, and another 13 planes entered the island's southwest ADIZ on Friday night, the ministry said in a statement. 25 PLA aircraft (J-16*18, SU-30*4, H-6*2 and Y-8 ASW) entered #Taiwan's southwest ADIZ on October 1, 2021. Please check our official website for more information: https://t.co/C7012S8hSo pic.twitter.com/HoalLl3Ewx— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. ???????? (@MoNDefense) October 1, 2021 While the Chinese planes in the afternoon sortie stayed in the extreme southwestern part of the ADIZ, the planes involved in the evening flight flew through the defense zone and hooked up toward the northeast before reversing course and returning to the Chinese mainliand, the Defense Ministry said.The 25...
    Taipei (Reuters)Taiwan's air force scrambled on Sunday against renewed Chinese military activity, with its Defense Ministry reporting that 19 aircraft including nuclear-capable bombers had flown into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ).Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China's air force near the self-ruled island, often in the southwestern part of its air defense zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.The latest Chinese mission involved 10 J-16 and four Su-30 fighters, as well as four H-6 bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, and an anti-submarine aircraft, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said.Taiwanese combat aircraft were dispatched to warn away the Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them, the ministry said. Taiwan plans to spend $1.4 billion on new fighter jets amid rising China military activityThe Chinese aircraft flew in an area closer to the Chinese than Taiwanese coast, roughly northeast of the Pratas, according to a map provided by Taiwan's Defense Ministry.Read MoreThere was no immediate comment from China.The last such large-scale activity, on June 15, involved 28 Chinese air force aircraft, the largest...
    The Taiwanese Defense Ministry reported the largest incursion of Chinese warplanes into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) to date on Tuesday. The record-breaking swarm of 28 Chinese fighters and nuclear-capable bombers mounted their show of force the day after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) criticized China for its mounting aggression against Taiwan. The Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) noted the previous largest incursion “was in April when 25 Chinese jets breached the island’s ADIZ after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned China not to attempt to change the status quo of Taiwan, saying to do so would be a ‘serious mistake.’” The Chinese government had no sooner denounced NATO’s criticism of its aggression as “slander” than it launched the largest penetration of Taiwan’s ADIZ to date, and the 16th incursion this month.  The Chinese may also have escalated their activities because the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan entered the South China Sea on Monday. China claims control over the entire region, in defiance of international court judgments and competing claims from other Pacific nations. Beijing...
                      by Ailan Evans  Taiwan claims dozens of Chinese warplanes penetrated its airspace Tuesday, the largest and most recent Chinese incursion as tensions between the two countries escalate. Twenty-eight People’s Liberation Army aircraft, including fighter jets, bombers, and anti-submarine airplanes, entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Tuesday, according to a report issued by the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense. It marked the largest recorded daily incursion, exceeding a 25-aircraft incursion on April 12, Reuters reports. Taiwan dispatched air patrol troops to intercept the Chinese planes and mobilized anti-aircraft missile systems in response, the ministry’s report said. 28 PLA aircraft (Y-8 ASW, H-6*4, Y-8 EW, KJ-500 AEW&C*2, J-16*14 and J-11*6) entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on June. 15, 2021. Please check our official website for more information: https://t.co/JnfN8bOwgl pic.twitter.com/MBJv2jbNMZ — 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. ???????? (@MoNDefense) June 15, 2021 Tensions between the two countries have been fraught in recent months, with frequent Chinese air force missions entering Taiwan airspace near the Taiwan-owned Pratas Islands, according to Reuters. China claims Taiwan as its territory, and...
    Taiwan claims dozens of Chinese warplanes penetrated its airspace Tuesday, the largest and most recent Chinese incursion as tensions between the two countries escalate. Twenty-eight People’s Liberation Army aircraft, including fighter jets, bombers, and anti-submarine airplanes, entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Tuesday, according to a report issued by the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense. It marked the largest recorded daily incursion, exceeding a 25-aircraft incursion on April 12, Reuters reports. Taiwan dispatched air patrol troops to intercept the Chinese planes and mobilized anti-aircraft missile systems in response, the ministry’s report said. (RELATED: China Warns State Department To ‘Stop All Forms’ Of Official Outreach To Taiwan) 28 PLA aircraft (Y-8 ASW, H-6*4, Y-8 EW, KJ-500 AEW&C*2, J-16*14 and J-11*6) entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on June. 15, 2021. Please check our official website for more information: https://t.co/JnfN8bOwgl pic.twitter.com/MBJv2jbNMZ — 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. ???????? (@MoNDefense) June 15, 2021 Tensions between the two countries have been fraught in recent months, with frequent Chinese air force missions entering Taiwan airspace near the Taiwan-owned Pratas Islands, according to Reuters. China...
    Hong Kong (CNN)China sent 25 warplanes into Taiwan's air defense identification zone on Monday, the largest breach of that space since the island began regularly reporting such activity in September, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said.The Chinese flights came a day after the US secretary of state warned Beijing that Washington was committed to the defense of the democratic, self-governed island, which China considers part of its sovereign territory.The 25 planes dispatched by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) forces included 14 J-16 fighter jets, four J-10 fighter jets, four H-6K bombers, two anti-submarine warfare planes and an airborne early warning and control plane, according to Taiwan's Defense Ministry. A Chinese J-16 fighter jet is seen in this undated image supplied by Taiwan's Defense Ministry.Taiwan responded by scrambling combat aircraft, alerting missile defense systems and issuing radio warnings to the Chinese planes that they had entered the southwestern corner of the island's self-declared air defense identification zone (ADIZ), a ministry statement said.A graphic supplied by the ministry showed flight tracks for the Chinese aircraft coming from and returning toward the Chinese mainland, making...
    China has sent warplanes almost every day in January to conduct military exercises near Taiwan as preparation for a possible war, reports have claimed. The Chinese military aircraft were spotted entering Taiwanese airspace on a total of 30 different days last month, according to Taiwanese media. Beijing's alleged intrusions were considered as 'preparing to fight the possible war through exercises', warned Chinese nationalist tabloid Global Times. China has sent warplanes almost every day in January to conduct military exercises near Taiwan as preparation for a possible war, reports say. In this file photo on October 1, 2019, Chinese military aircraft fly in formation during a parade in Beijing RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next China assures its citizens they won't waddle 'like penguins'... America vows to 'take action' if Myanmar military coup is... China ignores new trade minister's letter for a MONTH after... WHO investigators probing origins of Covid-19 pandemic visit... Share this article Share The stark warning comes as China has increased tensions with Taiwan by stepping up military activities...
    China ratcheted up activity in Taiwan airspace on Sunday by flying 15 fighter jets between mainland Taiwan and the Pratas Islands in the South China Sea, a report said. Reuters, which cited Taiwan’s Defense Ministry, reported that the jets included six J-10 fighters, two SU-30s and other military planes. A day earlier, China flew eight bombers and four fighters into the same airspace, the report said. The show of force was seen by some observers as a remarkable step by Beijing during the first week of President Biden’s term in office. Nikkei Asia reported that it is not uncommon for China to send aircraft into the region, but it is rare for the country to send more than 10 at once, and for two consecutive days. Ned Price, a spokesman from the U.S. State Department, said Washington "notes with  concern the pattern of ongoing PRC [People’s Republic of China] attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan." "We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives," he said...
    BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. has reaffirmed support for Taiwan following China’s dispatch of warplanes near the island in an apparent attempt to intimidate its democratic government and test American resolve. The State Department on Saturday said it “notes with concern the pattern of ongoing (China’s) attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan.” “We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives,” spokesperson Ned Price said in the statement. Washington will continue to deepen ties with Taiwan and ensure its defense from Chinese threats, while supporting a peaceful resolution of issues between the sides, the statement said. There was no immediate Chinese response Sunday. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said China on Saturday sent eight bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons and four fighter jets into airspace just southwest of the island, part of a long-standing pattern of Chinese incursions aimed at pressuring the government of President Tsai Ing-wen into caving to Beijing’s demand that she recognize Taiwan as a part of...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that Chinese and Russian warplanes did not enter South Korean airspace, after Seoul said they scrambled fighter jets in response to an intrusion into its air defence identification zone. "During this training, Chinese and Russian warplanes strictly abided by international law and did not enter the air space of South Korea," ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing. (Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Shri Navaratnam) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: South Korea, United Nations, North Korea, Russia, United States, Asia, Europe, Japan
    Hong Kong (CNN)Taiwan's President has accused Beijing of purposefully inflaming tensions in East Asia, after Chinese warplanes crossed the sensitive median line across the narrow strait that separates the mainland and the self-governing island almost 40 times on Friday and Saturday. Taken together, the repeated incursions, which came from multiple directions and involved a combination of sophisticated fighter jets and heavy bombers, is without modern precedent and marks a significant escalation in cross-strait tensions. "What we are seeing now is not just a situation across the Taiwan Strait, but a regional situation. China's recent military activities, especially in the past few days, clearly constitute a threat of force, which is part of their verbal attacks and military threats (against Taiwan)," said President Tsai Ing-wen told reporters Sunday. The uptick in Chinese military activity came as Keith Krach, the United States under secretary of state for economic, energy and environmental affairs, held meetings in the island's capital Taipei, ahead of a memorial service on Saturday for former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui. The three-day visit to the island was denounced by Beijing,...
    China sent almost 20 warplanes into Taiwan's airspace in an unusually large show of force as a response to a senior U.S. official's visit to the self-governing island.   Eighteen Chinese military aircraft, including two H-6 strategic bombers and fighter jets, crossed the so-called median line on Friday morning, according to a statement from Taiwan's defense ministry: "The military scrambled fighters and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor the activities."   Keith Krach, U.S. undersecretary for economic affairs, arrived in Taiwan on Thursday to attend a memorial service for former President Lee Teng-hui. He is the highest-level official from the U.S. State Department to visit Taipei in decades.   Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, left, takes a selfie with Keith Krach, U.S. undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, in Taipei, in this photo provided by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sept. 18, 2020.Beijing condemned the visit, vowing "China will make necessary responses in accordance with the development of the situation," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Thursday.   China also sent military aircraft...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan — China’s military sent 18 planes including fighter jets over the Taiwan Strait in an unusually large show of force Friday as a U.S. envoy held a day of closed-door meetings on the self-governing island claimed by China. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, who handles the economic growth, energy and the environment portfolio, held talks with Taiwan’s minister of economic affairs and vice premier. He also met with business leaders over lunch and was to dine with President Tsai Ing-wen later Friday. In response to Krach’s visit, the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army held combat exercises near the Taiwan Strait, in at least the second round of war games this month aimed at intimidating supporters of the island’s independent identity. Taiwan’s defense ministry said two bombers and 16 fighter jets from China crossed into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone. It said it scrambled jets in response and monitored the movements of the Chinese planes. Chinese defense ministry spokesperson Ren Guoqiang called the drills a “legitimate and necessary action taken in response to the...
    Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes violated Taiwan’s airspace for the second consecutive day on Thursday, according to the island nation’s defense ministry. “[A] number of Sukhoi Su-30 fighters and Y-8 transport aircraft briefly entered Taiwan’s southwestern [air defense identification zone] ADIZ” early on Thursday, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a press statement, according to Focus Taiwan. Taiwan’s Air Force closely monitored the PLA aircraft with “appropriate and effective measures,” until they exited the ADIZ, the MND said. The PLA action on Thursday marked the second day in a row that Chinese fighter jets entered Taiwan’s southwestern airspace. The MND said that multiple “Sukhoi Su-30 fighters and Chengdu J-10 fighters” briefly entered Taiwan’s ADIZ to its southwest on Wednesday morning. Taiwan’s Air Force “issued 24 verbal warnings over the radio for the Chinese aircraft to leave,” prompting the PLA warplanes to exit the ADIZ, Taiwan’s Liberty Times newspaper reported. The PLA’s intrusion into Taiwanese airspace on Wednesday was “a destabilizing action which threatened regional peace,” Taiwan’s defense ministry said, according to Singapore news outlet CNA. China’s violation of Taiwan’s airspace...
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