At least 20 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s airspace on Friday, according to the Taiwan Defense Ministry.
Because it is important: It is the largest incursion by China’s air force since the Taiwanese Defense Ministry announced almost daily Chinese military exercises in its airspace, according to Reuters.
- A person familiar with Taiwan’s defense planning told Reuters that the Chinese military was simulating an operation against US warships navigating the Bashi Canal.
- China has said the exercises are meant to show its determination to defend the island, which it considers part of Chinese territory, although Taiwan’s status is one of the most sensitive political issues between Washington and Beijing.
The panorama: Friday’s exercises involved four H-6K bombers, which have nuclear strike capabilities, 10 J-16 fighter jets and six other military jets.
- Taiwan said it warned the planes by radio that they were violating its airspace and deployed air defense missile systems to “monitor activity” on the flight after the plane failed to change course.