BEIJING – The Chinese Air Force today carried out a blitz with 28 aircraft in the Taiwan air defense identification zone, also mobilizing the J-16 and J-11 fighters.
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This is the largest incursion reported to date: the previous record dates back to 12 April, with 25 aircraft. Today’s is the fourth incursion recorded in June. The precedents occurred on 3, 4 and 14 June and in all cases concerned slow-flying turboprop aircraft.
Beijing sends 25 fighters and bombers into Taiwan’s airspace
According to the Ministry of Defense, a Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warplane, four Xian H-6 bombers, a Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warplane were identified among the 28 aircraft of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (EPL). two Shaanxi KJ-500s, 14 Shenyang J-16 fighter jets and six Shenyang J-11 fighter jets.
The raid, reported by the Taipei Defense Ministry, matured two days after the G7 statement released Sunday, in which leaders issued a warning to China, noting “the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. “and encouraging” the peaceful resolution of issues across the Strait “. For the first time, the G7 made reference to Taiwan, sending Beijing into a rage.
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Chinese planes flew to an area near the Pratas Islands in the disputed area of the South China Sea, and some of the fighters flew over an area near the lower tip of the island of Taiwan, according to a map provided by the ministry. China has in the past described such missions as “necessary to protect the country’s sovereignty and address the collusion between Taipei and Washington.”
The spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian accused the Group of Seven, at a press conference, of “deliberately slandering” China on matters relating to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang and of “interfering in China’s internal affairs”, then assuring that “China is firmly resolute” to safeguard their sovereignty and security.
Taiwan and China have been independently governed since they separated in 1949 due to the civil war. Their relationship deteriorated under the presidency of Tsai Ing-wen, at the island’s institutional summit in 2016, refusing to confirm the ‘1992 Consensus’ on the existence of the ‘One China’, despite its interpretation being different in scope between Beijing and Taipei.
China regards the island as a rebel province, destined for reunification even with the use of force if necessary.