The report said that China resumed activity in Taiwan’s airspace by flying 15 fighter jets between mainland Taiwan and the Pratas Islands in the South China Sea on Sunday.
Reuters, which cited Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense, reported that the jets included six J-10 fighter jets, two SU-30s and other military aircraft. A day earlier, China launched eight bombers and four fighter jets in the same airspace.
The force’s show during the first week of President Biden’s term was viewed by some observers as a notable move by Beijing. Nikkei Asia reported that it is not uncommon for China to send aircraft to the region, but it is rare for the country to send more than 10 at a time and for two consecutive days.
A spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price, said Washington “worries about the ongoing PRC pattern [People’s Republic of China] Attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan. “
“We urge Beijing to curb our military, diplomatic and economic pressures against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives,” he said in the statement.
A Reuters report said the Taiwanese Air Force responded to the intrusion. Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state. Beijing’s move was intended to pressure President Tsai Ing-wen’s government to recognize Taiwan as a part of Chinese territory.
The Reuters report said that the USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier entered the South China Sea on Sunday to practice “freedom of the sea” and the Biden administration said its commitment to Taiwan is “rock-solid”.
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Antony Blinken, as Biden’s secretary, vowed to repair the damage done to the State Department and the US image abroad over the last four years while continuing a tough approach to China.
Taiwanese de-festo ambassador Hsiao-Bee in the US was also invited to the opening of Biden, which the BBC reported was a sign of the White House’s new commitment.
China banned more than two dozen former Trump administration officials, including outgoing Secretary Mike Pompeo, as Biden was sworn in.
Sen. Tom Tom Cotton of R-Arch argued on Sunday that sanctions against former officials of the Trump administration were a “dangerous” and “insensitive to China’s effort to influence US policy.”
Fox News’ Talia Kaplan and the Associated Press contributed to this report