Two Chinese fighter planes crossed the center line of the Taiwan Strait

Two Chinese fighter planes crossed the center line of the Taiwan Strait
Two Chinese fighter planes crossed the center line of the Taiwan Strait

Two Chinese fighter planes Saturday crossed the center line of the Taiwan Strait, the Taiwan Defense Ministry said.

The ministry said it had spotted a total of four Chinese planes and five ships across Taiwan, citing Reuters news agency.

China has conducted exercises near the island, which Beijing claims as its territory, since early last month.

In a related context, the Taiwanese army shot down an unidentified civilian drone that entered its airspace near a small island off the Chinese coast Thursday, after the government pledged to take strict new measures to deal with an increase in such breaches.

Taiwan’s government has vowed not to raise or escalate tensions, but it has been particularly angered recently over repeated instances of Chinese drones flying over Taiwan-controlled islands off China’s coast, Reuters reported.

The Defense Command of Kinman, a group of islands controlled by Taiwan opposite China’s cities of Xiamen and Quanzhou, said in a statement issued by the Taiwan Defense Ministry, that the drone entered the restricted airspace over Lyon Island just after midday (0400 GMT).

The statement added, that the forces on the island tried to warn it away, but to no avail, so they dropped it, and the remains fell into the sea.

Taiwan fired warning shots at a drone for the first time on Tuesday, shortly after President Tsai Ing-wen ordered the military to take “strong countermeasures” against what it called Chinese provocations.

In the context, the Taiwan Defense Ministry said it had spotted 62 planes and seven Chinese ships around Taiwan yesterday, Wednesday, while Beijing continues its military activities near the island, quoting Reuters.

In a related context, the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense confirmed, on Sunday, that China continues to carry out military activities around the island.

The Taiwan Defense said that it had spotted 23 Chinese planes and eight ships around Taiwan today, in addition to seven Chinese planes that crossed the middle line of the Taiwan Strait, quoting Reuters.

The Chinese military confirmed its monitoring of the sailing of US warships in the Taiwan Strait, indicating its readiness to respond to any provocation.

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