China Sends Fighter Jets to Taiwan in Massive Show of Force

Flypast of the Chengdu J-20 during the opening of Airshow China in Zhuhai / Photo by Alert5 via Wikimedia Commons

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China sent 24 fighter jets toward Taiwan in a large display of force Thursday, after the self-governing island announced its intention to join an 11-nation Pacific trade group that China has also applied to join.

China’s People’s Liberation Army flew fighter jets toward Taiwan twice on Thursday, once in the morning with 19 planes, and once in the afternoon with five more. Taiwan deployed air patrol forces in response to the Chinese jets and tracked them on its air defense systems, the island’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The jets the morning flight, some of which flew in a long L-shaped path, were 12 J-16 and two J-11s, as well as bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft. Later in the day, China sent 2 J-16 and J-11 planes as well as an early warning aircraft.

Taiwan and China split during a civil war in 1949, but China continues to claim Taiwan as part of its territory. Beijing opposes Taiwan’s involvement in international bodies.

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Faroutfreak
Faroutfreak
24 days ago

And China ( as well as Russia ) will start blatantly stepping g up their aggressions towards others. They know that with the Biden ( Obama ) administration in office, there is no one to oppose them, this same administration is not only responsible to the failures in Afghanistan ( where it even abandon not only its own citizens , but its Allies as well) but that after knowing where Osama Bin Laden was for over 6 years, finally had him killed.( and how many Americans and other military and Civilians died while his reign of terror continued) the countries that once relied on the protections they counted on from the US had best realize that as long as this terrorist Laden Administration is in charge they are on their own, no help here move on.

john vieira
24 days ago

Time for Formosa to retake the mainland???

Jawad
Jawad
23 days ago

Time to release Beijing Biden to Chairman Xi.


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