At least 24 Chinese jets, 6 warships detected around Taiwan: Defense Ministry
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At least 24 Chinese jets, 6 warships detected around Taiwan: Defense Ministry

10 jets 'had flown on east part of median line of Taiwan Strait,' says Defense Ministry

News Service AA

Taiwan said it detected 24 Chinese aircraft and 6 warships around the island on Friday.

Of the 24 planes, 10 – four Sukhoi Su-30 fighters, four Shenyang J-16 jets and two Chengdu J-10s – “had flown on the east part of the median line of the Taiwan Strait,” the Defense Ministry said on Twitter.

Taiwanese forces “monitored the situation and responded to these activities with aircraft … naval vessels, and land-based missile systems,” the ministry added.

China on Wednesday concluded its more than a week-long massive military exercises surrounding Taiwan after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the self-ruled island on Aug. 2, bucking Beijing’s warnings.

China views Taiwan as a “breakaway province” despite Taipei having governed itself since 1949. Beijing has vowed to reunify the island, including by force if necessary.

Apart from the show of military might, Beijing has downgraded military dialogue with the US and suspended cooperation on climate change issues, along with six other countermeasures.

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