39 Chinese Planes Enter Taiwan Defense Zone

Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense in Taipei said Saturday (2/10), 39 Chinese air force aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense zone. The move further irritated the Taiwanese government and escalated tensions with Beijing.

For more than a year Taiwan has complained about the actions of the Chinese air force, which has repeatedly carried out missions near its territory. Most of the action took place in the southeastern part of China’s air defense zone, near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

The Defense Ministry said Taiwan rushed to repulse the 39 planes in two waves Saturday. It said Taiwan sent warplanes to repel the Chinese plane, while missile systems were deployed to keep an eye on it.

The day before, 38 Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense zone on Friday (1/10), as China commemorates the national day.

Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang condemned China’s actions on Saturday (2/10). He said China was carrying out military aggression and undermining regional peace.

China has not commented. [vm/ft]

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