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15 Chinese planes crossed center line of Taiwan Strait, Taiwan says


By CNBCTV18.com STI (Update)

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Taiwan also condemned China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for “jeopardizing the peace and security of our surrounding region with announcements of military exercises”.

Fifteen Chinese planes crossed the center line of the Taiwan Strait on Monday, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry said even as China conducted more drills near the island.

“As PLA Eastern Theater announced a joint combat patrol mission, #ROCArmedForces detected five PLAN ships and 30 PLA ​​(People’s Liberation Army) aircraft today up to 17:00 (GMT+8). 15 of the detected aircraft had flown on the eastern part of the median line of the Taiwan Strait, flight paths as shown,” the Department of Defense said in a tweet on Monday.

Taiwan also condemned the Chinese PLA for “endangering the peace and security of our surrounding region with announcements of military exercises”. He said the armed forces monitor the activities around our surrounding region and respond to every situation with professionalism to protect the country.
China conducted military exercises around Taiwan after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited earlier this month. He announced more military exercises around Taiwan as the island’s president recently met with a new delegation from the US Congress.
The five U.S. lawmakers, led by Sen. Ed Markey, arrived in Taipei for an unannounced visit on Sunday evening, the second high-profile group to visit after Pelosi’s.

China’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that the lawmakers’ trip undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and “fully exposes the true face of the United States as a mess and a mess of peace.” and stability in the Taiwan Strait”.

“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army continues to train and prepare for war, resolutely uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will resolutely crush all forms of separatism and foreign interference in “independence of Taiwan,'” Reuters quoted the statement as saying.

In this context, President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Tsai Ing-wen reportedly said earlier that the Chinese military exercises around Taiwan had seriously damaged regional stability and peace. She said Taiwan continues to express to the international community that the island is determined to maintain the stable status quo in the Taiwan Strait.

(With contributions from Reuters)




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