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4 Chinese warplanes, 5 naval ships cross Taiwan Strait

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Four Chinese military planes and five ships breached the Taiwan Strait median line after the US approved a USD 1.1 billion weapons deal for Taiwan.

According to the Ministry of National Defence, by 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 3, Chinese military ships and planes had been located all around the nation. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) said on Twitter that two Chengdu J-10 multi-role combat aircraft had crossed the Taiwan Strait’s median line at its southern end.

According to media reports, Taiwan sent out radio alerts and assigned Combat Air Patrols (CAP), Navy ships, and air defence missile systems to monitor and counteract Chinese activity.

The invasions follow the US announcing the sale of a weapons package to Taiwan for USD 1.17 billion. The agreement covered radar technology, short-range air-to-air missiles called Sidewinders, and Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

Taiwan’s Presidential Office and Ministry of National Defence expressed thanks for the Biden administration’s support for the country’s defence requirements, according to Taiwan News, while China’s embassy in Washington warned countermeasures if the US did not withdraw the most recent arms pact.

Taiwan had monitored 19 Chinese military planes and three ships near the nation around 5 pm on Friday,.

Four People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft entered the country’s air defence identification zone in the southwest (ADIZ).

According to the ministry’s tweets, the aircraft were two Shenyang J-16 fighter planes, one Shaanxi Y-8 ASW anti-submarine plane, and one Shaanxi Y-8 EW electronic warfare plane.

Particularly when Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, visited the nation on August 2-3, the military of China has been acting more aggressively toward the neighbouring nation.

Since Pelosi’s visit, live-fire missile launches, massive military exercises along the whole Chinese coast, aeroplanes flying over the Taiwan Strait’s centre line, and civilian drones flying over Taiwanese-controlled islands close to China have all become more frequent occurrences.

Following many instances involving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) thought to have flown in from China, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense relocated anti-drone cannons to the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu.

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