Chinese military aircraft and ships cross Taiwanese airspace, in the latest threat to use force

Chinese military planes and ships invaded Taiwan’s airspace and waters again early Wednesday in what has become an almost daily display of intimidation against the island nation.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said four military aircraft and three Chinese navy ships were spotted around 6 a.m. local time.

The Defense Ministry said Taiwan’s armed forces are monitoring the situation and have assigned CAP aircraft, Navy ships and ground-based missile systems to respond to China’s activities.

China’s incursion into Taiwan has been an almost daily occurrence for weeks as tensions between the two countries escalate.

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Taiwan separated from the mainland in 1949 after a civil war and has no official relations but is linked to billions of dollars in trade and investment.

The Chinese Communist Party regularly flies fighter planes and bombers near Taiwan to enforce its position that the island is obligated to unite with the mainland — by force if necessary.

FILE: Chinese military helicopters fly over Pingtan Island, one of China’s closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian Province on August 4, 2022, ahead of intense military exercises off Taiwan following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled island.
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Tensions escalated after then-Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in August became the most senior US official to visit the island in 25 years.

Lai Ching-te, who is currently Taiwan’s vice president and has assumed the new role of the ruling Democratic Progress Party, has pledged to support the island’s self-governing democracy in the face of Chinese authoritarianism.

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“In the face of China’s future threat, our new mission is to protect Taiwan and promote democracy, peace and prosperity in Taiwan,” Lai said. Peace is something everyone desires.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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