UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Chinese military aircraft briefly penetrated Taiwan’s airspace Monday, as Taipei confirmed, the first such breakthrough since President Cai Ying Win, a fierce critic of Beijing, was re-elected in January.
The Taiwan Ministry of Defense confirmed that it was forced to launch its defensive aircraft and issue warnings after the Chinese “H-6” warplane, along with other planes, crossed the “midfield” separating China and Taiwan.
In recent years, China has stepped up its combat aircraft ‘flight near Taiwan, and has strengthened the presence of its warships in its vicinity since Caiying Wynn first came to power in 2016.
Aing Win opposes the “one-China” principle, whereby Beijing prevents any country from establishing official ties with Taiwan.
Tsai was re-elected in January after an election campaign in which she defended democratic values by confronting Beijing’s authoritarianism.
Since the Communists seized power in Beijing in 1949 and the nationalists fleeing to Taiwan, Chinese people consider that Taiwan is part of its territory and that it will not fail to regain it by force.
It is not unusual for Chinese planes to breach the “midfield”, which is tacitly borderline.
In March 2019, two Chinese G-11 planes crossed the midfield, prompting Taipei to denounce “deliberate, dangerous and provocative action.” It was the first time that China had breached this streak since 2011 in an accident that the two sides viewed as accidental.
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