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China continues to behave audaciously with Taiwan

The air intrusions by 52 planes began on the National Day of China, 1 October, and come ahead of Taiwan’s National Day on 10 October

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China flew 52 fighter planes toward Taiwan on 4 October in the largest show of force on record, continuing the three days of sustained military harassment against the self-ruled island.

The sortie included 34 J-16 fighter jets and 12 H-6 bombers, among other aircraft, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense. Taiwanese air force scrambled the jets and monitored the movement of the Chinese warplanes on its air defence system.

Starting last Friday, on China’s National Day, the People’s Liberation Army sent 38 warplanes into the area and 39 aircraft on Saturday, previously the most in a single day since Taiwan began releasing reports on the flights in September 2020. China sent an additional 16 planes on 3 October.

The number of flights into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone had prompted a statement from US State Department spokesperson Ned Price over the weekend, who warned that China’s military activity near Taiwan risks miscalculation and undermines peace and stability.

“We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan,” the statement said.

The latest mission of China happened less than 24 h after its government’s attack on Taiwan’s foreign minister, evoking the words of CCP’s violent founder Mao Zedong to denounce him as a “shrilling” fly for his efforts to promote Taiwan internationally.

China has stepped up military and political pressure to try and force Taiwan to accept Chinese sovereignty.

Taiwan says it is an independent country and will defend its freedom and democracy.

The incursion yesterday followed Britain‘s act of sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait on 27 September for the first time since 2008 a move that challenges Beijing’s claim to the sensitive waterway. It marked a rare passage through the maritime area by a non-US military vessel.

China’s defence forces accused the UK of acting out of “evil intentions to sabotage peace and stability in the Taiwan strait”.

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