Taiwan: Taipei detects 41 Chinese military planes around the island

Taiwan: Taipei detects 41 Chinese military planes around the island
Taiwan: Taipei detects 41 Chinese military planes around the island

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said yesterday it had detected 41 Chinese planes around the island, after multiple intrusions since the inauguration in Taipei of new President Lai Ching-te, reports AFP.

Of these 41 military aircraft, “32 crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait,” the ministry said in a press release, referring to the line which bisects this 180 kilometer wide strait between the island and China. continental. Seven Chinese ships were also detected around Taiwan in the 24 hours before 6 a.m. (10 p.m. GMT). The ministry adds that it has “monitored the situation and reacted accordingly”.

This Chinese incursion in the vicinity of Taiwan comes after China included the death penalty for “particularly serious” cases, in judicial directives released Friday on criminal sanctions planned against “diehard” supporters of the Taiwan’s independence, state media reported. The status of Taiwan constitutes one of the sensitive issues fueling the rivalry between China and the United States. Beijing believes that Taiwan is one of its provinces, which it has not yet succeeded in reunifying with the rest of its territory since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. It says it favors “peaceful” reunification, but it has never renounced the use of military force. For its part, Washington believes that it is up to Beijing and Taipei to find a solution, but opposes any use of force to change the status quo. Officially, Washington does not recognize Taiwan. Nevertheless, Taiwan enjoys all the benefits of its relationship with the United States. The latter do not have an embassy in Taipei, but an “American Institute” serves as one.

“One China Principle”

In the United States, the “Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office” is also an embassy which does not say its name. And while the United States recognizes the People’s Republic of China as the only legitimate Chinese government, it is also the island’s main arms supplier.

A conflict in the Taiwan Strait will cause a catastrophe for the global economy: the island supplies 70% of the planet’s semiconductors and more than 50% of the containers transported worldwide pass through the strait. 130 kilometers wide at its narrowest point, the strait, which separates the island from mainland China, has been a point of geopolitical tension since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, and has already experienced several military crises.

The first of its kind broke out in August 1954, when nationalists from Taiwan deployed thousands of soldiers on the Kinmen and Matsu islands, located a few kilometers from the mainland. Beijing responds with artillery bombardments on the islands and the capture of the Yijiangshan Islands, about 400 kilometers north of Taipei. The crisis almost threw China and the United States into direct conflict.

During military talks held last January at the US Department of Defense in Washington, senior Chinese military officials told their US counterparts that China will “never compromise” on Taiwan and urged the United States to “stop to arm” the island. “On the issue of Taiwan, China will never make the slightest compromise or concession,” affirmed the Chinese military delegation during these bilateral talks, according to a press release from the Chinese Ministry of Defense made public.

It demands that the United States “respect the principle of one China, that they respect their promise in a concrete way by stopping arming Taiwan and opposing any independence for Taiwan,” he said. he indicates.

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