20 Sep 2022 12:43 GMT
Taipei has tracked 377 military aircraft and 97 ships so far in September.
Taiwan denounced this Monday the presence of 9 military aircraft and 5 Chinese ships around its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ, for its acronym in English), according to inform local media citing the island’s Defense Ministry.
Of the 9 Chinese Army aircraft, 2 Suhkoi Su-30 fighters crossed the so-called ‘median line of the Taiwan Strait’ in the northeast corner of the ADIZ. Meanwhile, a Xian JH-7 fighter bomber and a Shenyang J-16 fighter jet were seen at the southwest corner of it, the ministry said.
In response, Taipei dispatched combat patrol planes, warships and used ground-based missile systems to monitor Chinese planes and ships, as well as issuing radio warnings. Taiwan has so far tracked 377 Chinese military aircraft and 97 ships during the month of September.
For his part, Vice Admiral Karl Thomas, commander of the US Seventh Fleet, assured that the Chinese Armed Forces are capable of blockading Taiwan, in the face of which the international community could intervene. “They have a very large navy and if they want to intimidate by putting ships around Taiwan, they can,” he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Monday.
The events come hours after US President Joe Biden stated that his country would defend Taiwan in the event of a military conflict with China in an interview with CBS.