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Taiwan detects 37 Chinese warplanes around the island


Since Thursday 5 a.m. local time (11 p.m. in Paris), “a total of 37 Chinese fighter jets” entered – within six hours – the Air Defense Identification Zone (or ADIZ, for Air Defense Identification Zonein English) of Taiwan, spokesman for the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense, Sun Li-fang, announced Thursday, June 8. “Some continued to the Western Pacific for long-range reconnaissance training”he specified.

An ADIZ is a large area defined unilaterally by countries and in which they require, for reasons of national security, that foreign aircraft identify themselves. But relations between Beijing and Taipei, at their lowest since Xi Jinping came to power more than ten years ago, have deteriorated further in recent years, and China has stepped up military incursions around the island.

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Patrol aircraft, warships and land-based missiles deployed

Since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, China has viewed Taiwan as a province it has yet to successfully reunify with the rest of its territory, and Beijing is aiming for that reunification – by force if necessary.

While not the largest number of Chinese incursions into Taiwan’s ADIZ this year – 45 Chinese planes entered it on April 9 – Thursday’s wave occurred in a very short time frame. short.

The Taiwanese army “monitor the situation closely”, said the ministry on Twitteradding that patrol aircraft, warships and land-based missile systems have been deployed in response.

Thursday’s incursions come a day after the completion of the first joint U.S.-Japanese-Philippine Coast Guard exercises in the South China Sea.

The World with AFP