Taipei: The Taiwan Air Force has taken a brave stand against the treacherous activities of China. According to the Taiwan defence ministry, 19 warplanes, including nuclear-armed bombers, have taken off from Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone, located close to China.
China has claimed that Taiwan has created an air defense zone on Taiwan-controlled Pratas Island a year ago.
Taiwan warplanes sent to warn Chinese aircraft
Taiwan's Defence Ministry said that China's latest intrusion into its airspace involves 10 J-16s, four Su-30 warplanes. In addition there are four H-6 bombers, which carried nuclear weapons as well as used anti-submarine aircraft. The ministry said Taiwan warplanes were sent to warn Chinese aircraft.
A missile system has also been deployed to monitor them. There is no response from China in this regard yet. The first such large-scale activity took place on 15 June in which 28 Chinese aircraft entered Taiwanese airspace.
Earlier, two US warships passed through the Taiwan Strait on Friday. One of them was said to be the US Navy warship USS Kidd and the other was US Coast Guard ship Munro. The US Navy said its ships passed through international waters in the Taiwan Strait. Beijing called the move provocative and called the US a major threat to regional peace and security.
China considers Taiwan as its island territory
China considers Taiwan as its island territory. The President of China has also threatened to annex the region by force.
The Chinese defence ministry issued a statement on its website on Saturday saying, "We strongly protest and strongly condemn."
The Chinese defence ministry said that the US is the biggest threat to the peace, stability and security of the 160-km Taiwan Strait.
China has disputes with all neighbours including India
Apart from a long drawn out military confrontation with India at the LAC in Ladakh, China continues to rake up border disputes with all its neighbours.
China's dispute with Taiwan, which it regards as a breakaway province, is particularly worrisome and problematic for peace and stability in the entire region.
Beijing has been rigorously violating Taiwan's border as it claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of almost 24 million people located off the southeastern coast of mainland China, despite the fact that the two sides have been governed separately for more than seven decades.