The Chinese government announced in the early hours of Wednesday morning that a number of Chinese aircraft and naval ships entered the Taiwan Strait and crossed into the Taiwanese air defense definition zone.
“16 PLA planes and 3 PLAN ships were detected around Taiwan by 6 am,” the government said, prompting them to send navy ships of their own in response.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is China’s official designation for military forces, including the Navy (PLAN) controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“[The Republic of China’s Armed Forces] It monitored the situation and responded to these activities with CAP’s aircraft, naval vessels and ground-based missile systems,” the Taiwanese government added.
Taiwanese crawler jets, missile systems after the discovery of 11 Chinese aircraft, ships near the island
The Taipei Ministry of Defense has also provided flight paths for Chinese military vessels, including aircraft identification.
“5 of the detected aircraft (J-10*2, Y-8 EW, BZK-005 UAV RECCE, and Y-8 ASW) crossed the Taiwan Strait Median Line and entered Taiwan’s SW ADIZ, flight paths as shown,” the government wrote with A photo of the flight paths of November 15th.
On Monday, President Joe Biden told reporters that he “does not believe there is any imminent attempt by China to invade Taiwan,” after a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Biden has also said that a new Cold War with China will not happen as the United States continues to engage its leaders.
“I absolutely believe there doesn’t need to be a new Cold War,” Biden said. “Xi Jinping and I have met many times and we have been frank and clear with each other in all areas. I don’t think there is any imminent attempt by China to invade Taiwan.”
Biden said after the 11th meeting that he did not believe there was an “imminent attempt” by China to invade Taiwan
He added, “I made it clear that our policy on Taiwan hasn’t changed at all. It’s exactly the same position we’ve taken. I’ve made it clear that we want to see the transit trade issues resolved peacefully and so it never gets to that.”
The preemptive discovery of Taiwan on Wednesday comes as China continues to hold war games in the region to test its latest military technology.
Earlier this month, Taiwan was forced to scramble using aircraft and its own military defense system after it similarly spotted 11 Chinese aircraft near its island.
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The November 5 vision came just days after the People’s Liberation Army’s top brass declared its military was “on full time alert” for a potential war in the strait.
American officials and its international partners have warned the Chinese government of military escalation, and some have vowed to intervene in the event of a Chinese invasion.
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In October, Jinping said he would continue to “fully strengthen training and war preparation.”
“We must be fully prepared to respond to external interference and major incidents related to Taiwan independence through non-peaceful means and other necessary measures, always maintain a high state of readiness, and be ready for war at all times,” said Major General Liu Yantong. The head of the Central Military Commission’s Research Bureau added at that time.
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Taiwan defines itself as a sovereign nation with democratic values. This prioritization of democracy distinguishes itself from mainland China, which is ruled by communists, and has allowed Taiwan to attract international partnerships.
But most of these partners, including the United States, have officially recognized Taiwan as Chinese territory. The United States and the United Nations both agree on the one China policy.
Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.