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Taiwan Detects 30 Chinese Military Aircraft Near Island

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Taiwan reported on Wednesday a significant presence of Chinese military aircraft in its vicinity, with 30 planes detected within a 24-hour period. This marks one of the highest daily counts recorded this year. Here are some details according to the report of The Manila Times.

Tensions Over Taiwan’s Status

China views Taiwan as a part of its territory and has not ruled out the use of force to assert control over the self-governing island.

According to Taiwan’s defense ministry, 20 of the detected aircraft breached the island’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), prompting a response from Taiwan’s armed forces.

In response to the detected activities, Taiwan’s military deployed patrol aircraft, Navy vessels, and coastal missile systems to monitor the situation.

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Increasing Incursions

The recent spike in Chinese military activity around Taiwan follows a pattern of escalating “grey zone” actions. These actions fall short of outright warfare but contribute to heightened tensions.

The upcoming change in leadership in Taiwan, with Lai Ching-te set to assume office on May 20, has drawn attention from both Beijing and Washington.

Taiwan’s status was discussed during a call between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Biden emphasized the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

US-Taiwan Relations

Despite switching recognition to Beijing in 1979, the United States remains a key partner of Taiwan. It provides military support and treats Taiwanese representatives as foreign diplomats.

China has intensified efforts to isolate Taiwan diplomatically. Several countries, including Nauru, have switched recognition from Taipei to Beijing in recent years.

The situation underscores ongoing tensions in the region and the complex dynamics surrounding Taiwan’s status in international relations.

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