China on Friday sent at least six aircraft to the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), the Taiwan Defense Ministry announced in a statement on its website. The maneuver involved J-11 and J-16 multifunction fighter jets flying over the sea southwest of the island, the Taiwanese MoD said. When the Chinese jets entered Taiwan’s ADIZ, they issued military radio warnings and deployed missile air defense systems. The Jets also tried to intercept the People’s Liberation Army Air Force [PLAAF’s] fly.
Chinese PLAAF aircraft launch maneuvers as US delegation visits Taipei
Air intrusion on Taiwan’s territory took place when a US delegation led by a strong US critic of China Bob Menendez paid a surprising two-day visit to the island. The six U.S. lawmakers held talks with Taiwanese lawmakers about the threat and fear of Beijing annexing the territory by force as Allied Russia has declared a total war against neighboring Ukraine. As the U.S. Air Force jet landed in Taipei for two sides to conduct a dialogue on US-Taiwan relations and “strengthen regional security and other key issues of common interest,” Chinese fighter jets entered a demonstration of military force. Taiwanese air corridors.
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The air maneuvers took place when Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry announced that President Tsai Ing-wen, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and defense officials would meet with U.S. lawmakers from the Biden administration. In further response to the unconfirmed reports that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was also visiting the territory, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warned: “If (US House) President Nancy Pelosi visits the island of Taiwan, it would cause serious damage to the foundations of China and the United States. ”
China’s warnings came when media reported that Pelosi would visit Taiwan on Sunday after completing his trip to Japan over the weekend. Since China claims Taiwan as its own “breakaway province,” though it has never ruled the island since Taipei’s independence in 1949, the Global Times quoted Zhao as saying, “All subsequent consequences will be borne solely by the United States” if Pelosi visits the region. he continued that China “has already made solemn declarations to the United States” side.