32 Chinese warplanes detected around Taiwan: Taipei – EVOL

This the second highest number of Chinese warplanes spotted in the independent island this year.

Chinese warplanes detected in Taiwanese airspace. Representational image. (Credit: AFP)

Taipei: Taiwan’s defence ministry said Thursday that 32 Chinese military aircraft were detected around the island in a 24-hour window — the second-highest number this year. In the 24 hours leading up to 6:00 am Thursday (local time), the Ministry of National Defence also detected five naval ships operating around Taiwan, it said.

Thirteen of the aircraft “crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait”, it added in a statement.

Taiwan’s armed forces have “monitored the situation and employed (patrol) aircraft, Navy vessels, and coastal missile systems in response to the detected activities”. In two other 24-hour periods in late January and early February, the ministry detected 33 Chinese warplanes around the island, the highest number this year.

Those detections followed the January 13 presidential election won by current Vice President Lai Ching-te, whom Beijing dislikes. Last month, Taiwan said 11 Chinese naval vessels were detected around Taiwan, the most this year, as a row between Taipei and Beijing over a fatal fishing boat incident dragged on.

A Chinese speedboat carrying



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