Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) dispatched a staggering total of 45 warplanes and nine warships near Taipei borders over a 24-hour period.
The Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed the unsettling development, which unfolded between 6 am on Saturday and 6 am on Sunday.
A key focus of concern was the audacious crossing of the unofficial median line in the Taiwan Strait by 25 of the warplanes.
The MND unveiled the flight paths of these intruding aircraft, revealing that among them were nine Su-30 fighter jets, four J-11s, and twelve J-10s.
Adding to the gravity of the situation, a Y-9 electronic warfare aircraft and a Z-9 anti-submarine helicopter were detected venturing into the southwestern sector of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ).
The ADIZ serves as a crucial buffer for identifying and controlling foreign aircraft but falls outside the scope of territorial airspace, according to international law.
Although specifics about the exact whereabouts of the nine PLA warships remain undisclosed, visuals released by the Military News Agency showcased Taiwan’s Navy frigates, referred to as Tian Dan guided-missile vessels, closely surveilling China’s Xuzhou frigate.
The situation escalated further when the PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command orchestrated joint air and sea patrols, along with robust navy and air force exercises in close proximity to Taiwan.
China touted these manoeuvres as a stern warning to groups supporting Taiwan’s independence, accusing them of collaborating with external forces and inciting provocations.
Amid these escalating tensions, Vice President Lai Ching-te’s return to Taiwan from a diplomatic trip to Paraguay, one of Taiwan’s South American allies, raised eyebrows.
Lai’s journey, spanning from August 12 to August 18, included layovers in New York on August 12 and San Francisco on August 16
Australia, Japan, And U.S. Counter Beijing Aggression With Navy Drills In South China Sea
This comes as the trio allies; Australia, Japan, and the U.S. have activated their Naval assets in the South China Sea this week, gathering off the western Philippines to highlight their commitment to the rule of international law in the region after a recent show of Chinese aggression in the disputed waters, Filipino security officials said Sunday.
Chinese coast guard ships recently used water cannon against Philippine vessels in the contested waterway where disputes have long been regarded as a potential flashpoint and have become a fault line in the rivalry between the U.S. and China in the region.
The drill will include three aircraft and helicopter carriers sailing together in a show of force and undertaking joint drills,
Their commanders are set to meet with Filipino counterparts in Manila after the offshore drills, two Philippine security officials told the outlet, as China shows no sign of stopping its relentless push to colonize the area as part of its imperialistic ambitions.
This is despite Beijing having its claim to “territorial sovereignty and marin