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Monday, July 15th, 2024

Taiwan spotted 14 Chinese military aircraft and 7 naval ships near its territory




According to Taiwan News, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) tracked 14 Chinese military and seven naval vessels around Taiwan in the past 24 hours as of 6 a.m. Monday.

Thirteen of the 14 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait in the northern, central, southwestern and southeastern parts of the country’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), Taiwan News quoted the Ministry of National Defense as saying.

In response, Taiwan sent aircraft and naval ships to monitor PLA movements and deployed coastal-based missile systems.

So far this month, the MND has tracked Chinese military aircraft 160 times and naval ships 52 times. Since September 2020, China has increased its use of gray zone tactics by increasing the number of military aircraft and naval ships operating around Taiwan.

Grey zone tactics are defined as “an effort, or series of efforts, beyond static-deterrence and reassurance, that attempts to achieve one’s security objectives without the direct and massive use of force.”

On Sunday, MND found that 15 Chinese military aircraft and 10 naval ships had been spotted around Taiwan in the past 24 hours till 6 am (local time).

In response to China’s actions, Taiwan’s armed forces used aircraft, naval ships and coastal missile systems to monitor Beijing’s activities. In a post on X, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said, “As of 6 a.m. (UTC+8) today, 15 PLA aircraft and 10 PLAN ships were detected around Taiwan. 14 aircraft crossed the median line and entered Taiwan’s central, southwestern and southeastern ADIZ. We have monitored the situation and taken action accordingly.”

The latest incident adds to a series of similar provocations by China in recent months. Beijing has increased its military activities around Taiwan, including regular air and naval incursions into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and military exercises near the island.



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