China-Taiwan threat: Beijing jets breach island defence zone – missile systems deployed

HomeNews

China-Taiwan threat: Beijing jets breach island defence zone – missile systems deployed

CNN's Aditya Raj Kaul tweeted: "Taiwan's Defence Ministry says that 8 Chinese PLA Bombers and 4 Fighters have Breached Island's Air Defence Zone.Ai

South China Sea: Biden issued chilling warning as war with Beijing ‘more likely than ever'
South China Sea: Beijing conducts live-fire missile drill from ‘massively improved’ base
South China Sea: Macron provokes Beijing with nuclear submarine as tensions run high


CNN’s Aditya Raj Kaul tweeted: “Taiwan’s Defence Ministry says that 8 Chinese PLA Bombers and 4 Fighters have Breached Island’s Air Defence Zone.Airborne alert sorties had been tasked, radio warnings issued and air defense missile systems deployed to monitor the activity.”

Taiwan’s air force deployed missiles to “monitor” the incursion, the island’s Defence Ministry said.

China has conducted almost daily flights over the waters between the southern part of Taiwan, led by President Tsai-ing wen, and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea in recent months.

However they have generally consisted of just one or two reconnaissance aircraft.

The presence of so many Chinese combat aircraft on this mission – Taiwan said it was made up of eight nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and four J-16 fighter jets – is unusual.

A map provided by Taiwan’s Defence Ministry showed that the Chinese aircraft, which also included a Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, flew over the same waters where the most recent Chinese missions have been taking place near the Pratas Islands, though still well away from mainland Taiwan.

Taiwan’s air force warned away the Chinese aircraft and deployed missiles to monitor them, the ministry added, using standard wording for how it responds to such activities.

In a statement the Defence Ministry said: “Airborne alert sorties had been tasked, radio warnings issued and air defence missile systems deployed to monitor the activity.”

There was no immediate comment from China. In the past China has said it has been carrying out exercises to defend the country’s sovereignty and security.

Beijing has watched with growing concern increasing US support for democratic Taiwan, especially during Donald Trump’s administration which left office on Wednesday.

Last year during visits by senior US officials to Taipei Chinese aircraft briefly crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, which normally serves as an unofficial buffer.

The flight by the Chinese bombers and fighters on Saturday came just days after Joe Biden assumed the US presidency.

Emily Horne, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said the US commitment to Taiwan was “rock-solid” after the island’s de facto ambassador in Washington, Hsiao Bi-khim, attended Biden’s swearing-in on Wednesday.

The incident is the latest illustration of the tensions which characterise Taiwan’s relations with the mainland.

Beijing claims the island is part of its territory in accordance with its One China policy.

Heightened rhetoric has raised fears of a full-blown invasion in recent months.

(More to follow)



COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 0
DISQUS: 0