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Taiwan reports largest border violation by the Chinese air force so far


The US has approved $10 billion in military aid to Taiwan. Now China has responded - and held maneuvers with more than 70 planes and warships off the coast of the island democracy.

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China deployed more than 70 warplanes in a major military exercise near Taiwan over the weekend, according to the Taiwan Defense Ministry.

47 of the planes entered the island's air surveillance zone (ADIZ), the ministry said on Monday.

Among the fighter jets were six SU-30 fighter jets, which are among the most modern in China.

Taipei said most of the planes crossed the "center line," which runs along the Taiwan Strait and separates Taiwan and China.

According to Taiwan's official news agency, it was the largest attack by the Chinese air force on the island claimed by the People's Republic.

The People's Liberation Army of China said Sunday it had "organized joint combat readiness patrols and offensive drills on the water and in the air around the island of Taiwan."

According to an army spokesman, it was a "robust response to increasing collusion and provocation by the US and Taiwanese authorities."

The Chinese army released photos of a bomber, a warship and an aerial photo taken from a cockpit showing a mountain range in Taiwan.

The latter was intended to emphasize how close the plane came to the coast of Taiwan.

China's Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday its "strong rejection" of a $10 billion military aid package for Taiwan that had been approved in Washington, including arms deliveries.

The visit of senior US politician Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan in August heightened tensions between the US and China.

The People's Army then held the largest military maneuvers in its history in the waters around Taiwan.

Since the split between China and Taiwan in 1949, Beijing has viewed the island as a breakaway territory that it wants to reunite with the mainland - if necessary by military force.

China has increased military, diplomatic and economic pressure on the island nation.

Beijing opposes any diplomacy that might lend legitimacy to Taiwan and has responded with increasing anger to visits by Western officials and politicians.


Source: spiegel

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