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On Friday (March 26), 20 CCP military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone. Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense reported this as the largest incursion by CCP military aircraft, marking a sharp escalation of tensions in the Taiwan Strait.
Reuters reports that Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said the Taiwanese Air Force has deployed missiles to “monitor” incursions by CCP military aircraft into its southwestern air defense identification zone. The Defense Ministry also said that Taiwanese aircraft warned the CCP aircraft, including through radio warnings.
Beginning last year, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense began disclosing that CCP military aircraft were flying almost daily over the waters between southern Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea, with this Friday’s operation being the largest incursion by the CCP’s air force to date.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said in a statement that some CCP aircraft were flying in the airspace south of Taiwan and passing through the Bashi Channel, which separates Taiwan from the Philippines.
The Chinese Communist Party has been pressuring Taiwan to step up its military activities near democratic Taiwan in recent months, a move that Taiwan says endangers regional stability.
A very large number of fighter jets were seen among the CCP military aircraft that disturbed Taiwan on Friday. Taiwan said it was unusual for four H-6K bombers with nuclear power and 10 J-16 fighter jets to be among the CCP military aircraft that disturbed Taiwan on Friday.
The Taiwan Air Force suspended all training missions earlier this week after two fighter jets crashed in Taiwan.
Earlier Thursday, the American Institute in Taiwan and Taiwan’s representative office in the United States signed a memorandum of understanding in Washington on the “establishment of a maritime police working group” to enhance cooperation between the U.S. and Taiwan maritime police, as well as to strengthen maritime patrol cooperation. This is the first memorandum of cooperation signed by the U.S. and Taiwan since the Biden administration took office.
There was no immediate comment from the Chinese Communist Party’s Defense Ministry. The CCP implemented the Marine Police Law on February 1, authorizing the Marine Police to use force when dealing with foreign vessels in waters under the CCP’s jurisdiction, sparking heightened concern among the United States and regional countries. Some scholars believe that the U.S. and Taiwan signed a memorandum of cooperation, possibly to counteract the recent maritime expansion of the Chinese Communist Party.
On January 23, eight CCP bombers and four fighter jets entered Taiwan’s southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ), which at the time was described by Taiwan as the largest in scale ever. The U.S. State Department then issued a statement urging Beijing to stop pressuring Taiwan.
On January 24, the Chinese Communist Party again sent 15 military planes to disturb Taiwan.
Source: Epoch Times