Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense officials said they were monitoring Chinese military aircraft and vessels approaching the island that prompted the military to respond to “these actions,” they said.
“29 PLA (People’s Liberation Army) aircraft and 3 PLAN vessels were detected around Taiwan by 6:00 a.m. (UTC+8) today,” Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said in a tweet Tuesday morning local time. The PRC Armed Forces were monitoring the situation and tasked CAP aircraft: Navy ships and land-based missile systems to respond to these actions.”
A subsequent tweet said 21 Chinese aircraft had entered Taiwan’s southeastern Air Defense Identification Zone (ADID).
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A day earlier, representatives of Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said that Chinese military aircraft and ships were also detected near the country’s borders.
Taiwan government officials believe China is preparing the ground for an attack on the island after a year of military threats and invasions.
Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s foreign minister, told The Guardian that China was “getting more serious than ever”. China recently conducted live shooting exercises around Taiwan after Houston Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island.
The Chinese military is reportedly practicing naval blockades and missile launches, as well as land combat. In the exercises, the Chinese military uses advanced technology, including stealthy J-20 fighter jets and DF-17 hypersonic missiles.
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“And we are quite sure that the Chinese may want to use another pretext to practice their future attacks on Taiwan. Therefore, it is a military threat against Taiwan,” Wu told the newspaper.