22 Chinese fighter jets entered the area on Thursday

22 Chinese fighter jets entered the area on Thursday

Taiwan announced that after the US official’s departure, China sent dozens of fighter jets into the island nation’s air defense zone. It is not the first time that Beijing has taken such a decision. Just a day ago, China sent several dozen more planes.

A total of 22 Chinese fighter jets entered Taiwan’s air defense zone on Thursday, just a day after Nancy Pelosi left the island nation. Taiwan’s defense minister made the announcement at a press conference on China’s military maneuvers amid the US official’s visit.

More than two dozen Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense zone on Wednesday — some of them crossing the median line in the Taiwan Strait, a provocative gesture after Beijing threatened military action over a visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , in the island country.

People’s Liberation Army Air Force jets flew “in the airspace around the Taiwan Strait” on Wednesday morning, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense revealed, instructing the island’s air force to send forces to respond as well as monitor the anti-aircraft missiles .

The Chinese raid consisted of six J-11 fighter jets, five J-16 fighter jets and 16 Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 jets.

In response to the planes, radio warnings were issued and Taiwanese air defense missile systems were deployed to monitor the activities.

On Tuesday, China sent 21 military aircraft into the air defense zone, but none crossed the median line separating the maritime control zones of Beijing and Taipei.

China’s latest aggressive move

Wednesday’s incident marks the latest aggressive action by China as the nation holds its largest military drills since 1995, which it says are “necessary and proper” in the wake of Pelosi’s visit.

The exercises are expected to include live firing and test missile launches, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. More than half of the exercise areas are expected to breach Taiwanese waters, experts warned.

The military exercise announcement was a direct response to Pelosi’s arrival in Taipei on Tuesday.

Moreover, China has repeatedly criticized the US for allowing the Californian Democrat to travel to Taiwan, claiming that this would have “a serious impact on the political basis of China-US relations and seriously violate China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” .

Thus, “It seriously undermines peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and sends a seriously wrong signal to separatist forces for ‘Taiwan independence.’ China firmly opposes and severely condemns this, and has taken serious steps and firmly protested to the United States,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Nancy Pelosi spent about 19 hours in Taiwan

Specifically, Pelosi and five of her fellow House Democrats left Taiwan after staying for about 19 hours on Wednesday.

“We came as a sign of friendship to Taiwan,” Pelosi told the Taiwanese parliament. “We come in peace for the region… understanding the value of peace and avoiding conflict.

“And on governance: We congratulate Taiwan for being one of the freest societies in the world, for your success in dealing with the COVID issue, which is a health, security, economic and governance issue. We congratulate you on this.”

Ahead of the spokesperson’s visit, some Chinese officials indicated that a trip by Pelosi would violate the long-standing US “One China” policy on Taiwan.

However, US officials insisted this week that policy has not changed and that Washington does not support Taiwan independence.

“We want to remind the leaders in Beijing again that there is nothing unprecedented about this trip,” White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters. “There is no violation of sovereignty. The fact that the speaker is going is perfectly consistent with other trips by members of Congress…including this year.

“So there’s no reason to amplify this. And we will not participate in this … I will not sabotage. We will simply do what we have to do to make sure her journey is safe.”

Pelosi also insisted that U.S. policy toward China and Taiwan remains the same, saying, “The United States has continued to oppose unilateral efforts to change the status quo,” the New York Post reports.