Taiwanese Military Detects Record Number of Chinese Warplanes

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The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defence announced on Monday that it had detected 103 Chinese warplanes around the island in one day, describing the number as a “recent high”. This is the largest number of Chinese warplanes detected by Taiwan in a single day, and it comes at a time of heightened tensions between the two sides.

Of the 103 warplanes detected, 40 crossed the so-called median line of the Taiwan Strait that separates the self-ruled island from China, and entered its southwest and southeast air defence identification zone (ADIZ). The Taiwanese military also detected nine Chinese naval vessels in the area.

The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defence condemned China’s “continued military harassment” and warned that it could “easily lead to a sharp spike in tension and worsen regional security.” The ministry also called on China to “immediately stop such destructive unilateral actions.”

Beijing claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory and has intensified diplomatic and military pressure on the island in recent years. The Chinese government has also been conducting regular military exercises near Taiwan, which have been seen as a way to intimidate the island and prepare for a possible invasion.

The United States, a key ally of Taiwan, has also been increasing its military presence in the region in a bid to deter China from taking any aggressive action against Taiwan. The US has also been providing Taiwan with military assistance, including advanced weapons systems.

The tensions between China and Taiwan have been rising in recent months, and there is concern that the two sides could become embroiled in a military conflict. The international community is urging both sides to exercise restraint and to engage in dialogue to resolve their differences peacefully.


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