MADRID, August 4 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Taiwan’s Air Force Command announced Thursday that a total of 27 Chinese military planes entered its airspace on Wednesday, the day that United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the country.
Specifically, six J-11 fighters, five J-16 fighters and sixteen SU-30 fighters crossed the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), the country’s defense ministry said in a statement.
The day before, 21 Chinese warplanes crossed Taiwanese airspace, including Y-9 and J-11 reconnaissance planes alongside F-11 and F-16 fighters.
The Taiwan Air Force has responded by dispatching a fighter jet air patrol, issuing radio alerts and deploying air defense systems.
Later this Wednesday, the Taiwanese government accused China of seeking a solution to the conflict in the Taiwan Straits through force rather than peaceful means, again noting that the Asian giant’s military drills in the region lasted until August 7 be continued.
“China has announced that it will hold sharp drills in the sea and airspace around Taiwan from Aug. 4 to 7, underscoring its mindset of using force to resolve differences and undermining regional peace and stability . The Department of Defense has been monitoring this closely and has stepped up its alerts and will respond appropriately when the time comes,” the Department of Defense said in a statement.
Likewise, the ministry has urged its citizens to remain calm as “the national army will remain firmly in place and protect national security: ‘Be calm and support the army with one heart.’
On the other hand, he also argued that China’s announcement to use the sea and air space around the main island of Taiwan “is an attempt to threaten our ports and urban areas and unilaterally undermine peace and stability in the region.”
“The Defense Ministry has stressed that China’s ‘military intimidation’ actions are clearly aimed at deterring the psychology of the Taiwanese people.