Taiwanese defence ministry spots 38 Chinese warplanes, 6 vessels nearby

China's military flew 38 fighter jets and other warplanes near Taiwan, the Taiwanese defence ministry said Friday

AP Taipei
Photo: Bloomberg

Photo: Bloomberg

Listen to This Article

China's military flew 38 fighter jets and other warplanes near Taiwan, the Taiwanese defence ministry said Friday, in the largest such flight display since the large military exercise in which it simulated sealing off the island earlier in the month.

Six navy vessels were also spotted in the area from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday as part of China's long-running campaign of intimidation against the self-ruled island democracy that Beijing claims as part of its territory.

Nineteen of the aircraft flew across the midline in the Taiwan Strait that separates the island from the mainland, the ministry said.

It said they included five SU-30 and two J-16 aircraft.

One drone, a TB-001, circled the island, according to a diagram from the Defence Ministry.

China held exercises simulating the sealing off the island after the sensitive meeting April 5 between Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in California.

Also Read

China's military sends 39 warplanes, 3 ships toward Taiwan in 24 hours

36 Chinese fighter jets, bombers fly near island: Taiwan defense ministry

Taiwan's president, Tsai Ing-wen begins US visit to shore up support

US Navy warship sails through Taiwan Strait after China's exercises

China no longer comfortable with status quo on Taiwan: Antony Blinken

Superman to Pooh: Comics characters that became the face of protests

Nato allies sent 1,550 combat vehicles, 230 tanks to Ukraine during war

9 still missing, 11 people dead after speedboat sinks in west Indonesia

US extends visa walk-in interview waiver for more applicants; check here

Live: India logs 7,533 new Covid-19 cases, 44 deaths in past 24 hours

China opposes any exchanges at the official level between Taiwan and other governments.

Taiwan and China split in 1949 following a civil war that ended with the Communist Party in control of the mainland.

The island has never been part of the People's Republic of China, but Beijing says it must unite with the mainland, by force if necessary.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Apr 28 2023 | 10:52 AM IST

Explore News