Beijing, Aug 15 A total of 22 planes and six Chinese military ships carried out raids on Sunday in areas around Taiwan, the island’s Defense Ministry said.
The incursions, according to a statement collected by the Taiwanese agency CNA, coincided with the arrival of a delegation of US congressmen who will meet with Taiwanese government representatives during their visit.
The legislators’ trip also comes twelve days after the president of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, made a visit to the territory that infuriated Beijing.
According to the military ministry, ten of the Chinese planes crossed the middle line of the Strait of Formosa, which in practice is an unofficial border tacitly respected by Taipei and Beijing in recent decades, but which has been crossed in recent weeks by armed forces. Chinese during military exercises.
J-16, J-10, SU-30 and J-11 fighters and a KJ-500 radar aircraft participated in the raid, which took place in the southwestern part of Taiwan’s self-defined Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). at 5:00 p.m. local time on Sunday (09:00 GMT).
The island’s air forces monitored the situation with naval and combat air patrols and ground-based missile systems, the ministry said.
China responded to Pelosi’s visit, which it called a “farce” and “deplorable betrayal,” with trade sanctions on the island and military exercises around Taiwan that Taipei described as a “blockade.”
China claims sovereignty over Taiwan, an island it has considered a rebellious province since the Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949 after losing the civil war against the communists.