Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said it had spotted Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft and ships in the island’s area. This was reported on the website of the department.
According to the military, 25 aircraft and three PLA ships approached the island. It is specified that 19 J-10 multipurpose fighters (“Jian-10”) of the PLA entered the air defense identification zone (AD) of the island from the southwest.
Taiwan’s armed forces are “monitoring the situation” and the air force, navy and ground-based anti-aircraft missile systems are on high alert, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Earlier, a spokesman for Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said the island would exercise its right to self-defense and “counterattack” if Chinese People’s Liberation Army forces violated its Administrative Boundary Line.
The Taiwan issue has been open since 1949, when the communist People’s Republic of China was proclaimed on the mainland, and the Kuomintang party that ruled the country before fled to Taiwan. Beijing insists on the “one China principle”, according to which it is impossible to simultaneously recognize both the PRC and the Republic of China on Taiwan. In 2022, the situation in the region escalated due to the visits of American delegations to Taiwan.