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Taiwan air force intercepts Chinese planes flying around the island

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Taiwanese air force aircraft scrambled to intercept Chinese aircraft flying over the island over which Beijing claims sovereignty, in a move denounced by the Taiwan Ministry of Defense, saying it threatened peace and stability in the region.

China has been flying aircraft in what it calls “island encirclement” training, which has been running sporadically since 2016, when Taiwan President Tsai Ing Wen took office.

Beijing believes Cai, who was re-elected last month, wants to move toward the island’s independence. Cai says Taiwan is an independent country and its official name is the Republic of China.

The Taiwan Ministry of Defense said in a statement that Chinese J-11 and H-6 fighters flew over the Bashi Channel to the south of Taiwan and then exited to the Pacific Ocean before returning to its base across the Miyako Strait between the Miyako Islands and Okinawa in Japan to the northeast of Taiwan.

“During this period, the National Army has appropriately used reconnaissance aircraft and air defense aircraft in parallel with the provocation measures to fight,” the ministry added.

The ministry released photos of a Taiwanese F-16 fighter chasing a Chinese H-6 plane.

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