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Taipei, June 15 (Reuters)-28 Chinese Air Force aircraft, including fighters and nuclear bombers, entered Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, the island government said, so far. The largest intrusion reported.
There was no immediate comment from Beijing, but news came after a group of seven leaders rebuked China on a series of issues on Sunday, emphasizing the importance of peace and stability throughout the Taiwan Strait. China has accused it of being a “slander.” “.
China claims Taiwan has complained about repeated missions over the past few months by the Chinese Air Force near an autonomous island concentrated in the southwestern part of the air defense identification zone near the Taiwan-controlled Platas Islands.
According to the Taiwan Department of Defense, the latest Chinese missions include 14 J-16 fighters and 6 J-11 fighters, 4 H-6 bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons, anti-submarines, and electronic warfare. , An early warning aircraft was included.
This is the largest daily intrusion since the ministry began regularly reporting on Chinese Air Force activity in Taiwan’s air defense identification zone last year, breaking the previous record of 25 aircraft reported on April 12.
The ministry added that Taiwanese fighters were dispatched to intercept and warn Chinese aircraft, and missile systems were also deployed to monitor them.
Not only did Chinese aircraft fly near the Platas Islands, but some bombers and fighters flew near the bottom of the island in southern Taiwan, according to a map provided by the ministry.
China’s Ministry of Defense did not respond to requests for comment.
In the past, China has explained such a mission needed to protect the sovereignty of the country and deal with the “collusion” between Taipei and Washington.
The United States, which, like most countries, does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, has been wary of growing tensions with Beijing.
“We will continue to deepen informal security ties to ensure that Taiwan has sufficient capacity to defend itself in response to the growing threat of China,” a senior U.S. government official told Reuters.
A Pentagon spokesman added that China’s “increasing military activity near Taiwan is destabilizing and increasing the risk of miscalculations.”
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