Tense, Taiwan put its air defense system on standby as 18 Chinese warplanes passed

ILLUSTRATION. Soldiers are among the military equipment at the Taiwan air defense missile base at an undisclosed location in the photo released Friday (11/09/2020).

Source: Reuters | Editor: SS Kurniawan

KONTAN.CO.ID – TAIPE. Taiwan dispatched fighter jets and alerted its air defense systems on Friday (18/9) when 18 Chinese military aircraft flew around the island, including across the sensitive central line of the Taiwan Strait.

Earlier on Friday (18/9), China‘s Ministry of Defense announced combat drills near the Taiwan Strait, condemning what it calls collusion between Taiwan and the United States (US).

US Deputy Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Keith Krach arrived in Taipei on Thursday (17/9) for a three-day visit. This is a visit by the most senior US State Department official to come to Taiwan in four decades.

Beijing has watched with growing anxiety the increasingly close ties between Taipei and Washington. China has also stepped up military exercises near the island, including two days of mass air and sea exercises last week.

Also Read: Senior US officials visit Taiwan, China to hold military combat drills

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said 18 Chinese warplanes approached its airspace on Friday (18/9), a much larger number than Taiwan previously announced.

“On September 18, two H-6 bombers, eight J-16 fighters, four J-10 fighters, and four J-11 fighters crossed the center line of the Taiwan Strait and entered Taiwan’s Southwest ADIZ,” the Ministry of Defense Tawian said in a statement. a statement on Twitter.

ADIZ means the Air Defense Identification Zone.

Send fighter jets complete with missiles

“The ROCAF (Taiwan Air Force) dispatched combat aircraft, and deployed an air defense missile system to monitor activity,” they were quoted as saying. Reuters.

Also Read: China protests to US over senior officials’ visit to Taiwan



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