Chinese fighter jets buzzed Taiwan for second day as tensions escalated

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Chinese fighter jets contacted Taiwan on Thursday for the second consecutive day, the island’s defense ministry said, urging China to stop “destroying regional peace” by intensifying tensions in the sensitive strait .

China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, has conducted several military exercises in recent weeks near its coast and island.

The Ministry of Defense said Su-30 fighter planes and Y-8 transport aircraft were among the Chinese aircraft that entered its air southwest in Taiwan’s air detection zone on Thursday morning.

“The Ministry of Defense once again urged the Chinese Communist Party that it should not destroy regional peace and stability again and again,” he said, adding that action among Taiwanese people has triggered antipathy.

The ministry said Taiwan flew the aircraft to intercept Chinese planes, saying it was able to quickly track “enemy movements”.

China’s Ministry of Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Taiwan has repeatedly complained that China, which has not ruled out using force to bring the democratic island under its control, has increased military threats in recent months as the world tackles the coronovirus epidemic.

Beijing routinely states that such practices are not uncommon and are designed to show determination to protect its sovereignty.

Taiwan is testing livefire weapons from its southeast and east coast.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has warned of an increased risk of contingent conflict around the disputed South China Sea and Taiwan, saying communications must be maintained to endanger.

Reporting by Yamou Lee and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Michael Perry

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