The island detects 45 Chinese planes around its territory, a record since January 1

The island detects 45 Chinese planes around its territory, a record since January 1
The island detects 45 Chinese planes around its territory, a record since January 1

This is a new warning from China to Taipei. Taiwan detected 45 Chinese planes around the island this Wednesday, less than a week before new President Lai Ching-te, a supporter of firmness against Beijing, takes office.

Of these 45 aircraft, “26 crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait,” said the Ministry of Defense, referring to the line which bisects this 180 km wide strait between the island and mainland China. . This is the highest number of Chinese planes detected around Taiwan in a 24-hour period this year.

Chinese ships detected

Six Chinese ships were also seen around Taiwan in the 24 hours before 6 a.m. The ministry adds that it has “monitored the situation and reacted accordingly”.

On Tuesday evening, the ministry said 23 Chinese aircraft, including fighter jets and drones, were detected around Taiwan over a two-hour period.

Beijing considers Taiwanese President-elect Lai Ching-te, who is due to be inaugurated on May 20, as a “dangerous separatist”. And since he won the January vote, tensions between Beijing and Taiwan have increased.

Taiwan is an autonomously governed island that Beijing claims as part of its territory and says it is ready to reconquer by force if necessary.

Growing military pressure

In recent years, China has increased its military pressure on the island by sending warplanes and ships almost daily, which experts say constitutes a “gray zone tactic”, i.e. actions of intimidation which do not amount to acts of war strictly speaking.

The largest deployment ever around Taiwan took place last September, when Beijing sent 103 warplanes and other aircraft, 40 of which crossed the median line.

In addition to its frequent displays of military force, China has also sent coast guard ships and other state fishing vessels since February around Kinmen, a remote island dependent on Taipei and located five kilometers from the city Chinese from Xiamen. On Tuesday, five Chinese coast guard vessels sailed in Kinmen’s “restricted waters” for three hours before leaving, according to the Taiwanese coast guard. This is the fifth incursion observed in May.

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