Tensions in the Taiwan Strait have reached their highest level in decades and continue to rise as the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday (August 18th) that more than 50 Chinese military aircraft had been detected operating around the island.
The Ministry of Defense wrote on Twitter: “6 PLAN ships and 51 PLA aircraft around our surrounding area were detected today (August 18, 2022) up to 1700 (GMT+8).”
“The #ROCArmedForces have been monitoring the situation and responding to these activities with aircraft in the CAP, warships and land-based missile systems,” he added.
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The ministry further stated: “25 of the detected aircraft (SU-30*12, J-10*4, J-16*6, Y-8 EW and H-6*2) had flown over the eastern part of the median line of the Taiwan Strait and our SW ADIZ, flight paths as shown.”
The recent visit to Taiwan by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which was followed by another visit to the island nation by US lawmakers, has reignited tensions between China and the United States. United. Beijing considers autonomous Taiwan as part of its territory. China even claimed that if necessary, it would use force to unite the two territories.
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Amid rising tensions, the Taiwan Air Force on Thursday showcased its anti-aircraft capabilities and said it was ready to respond 24 hours a day in any situation.
Air Defense Officer Chen Te-huan: “We weren’t nervous at all at that time, because our regular training is prepared for missile operations all day, 24 hours a day. When the Chinese military acted, we were already well prepared.”
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