• October 17, 2021

Taiwan says China flew 56 jets to its air defence zone, the largest so far; China urges US to stop provocative behavior

China has sent 56 fighter planes towards Taiwan on Monday – the largest ever show of force in a single day.

According to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence, Monday’s sortie included J-16 fighter jets and H-6 bombers, among other aircrafts. The island has been complaining for more than a year about China’s air force repeatedly flying nearby.

In response, China accused Washington of provocative behavior, while warning against supporting Taiwanese independence.

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan’s top China policy-making body, accused Beijing of seriously damaging the status quo of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and demanded Beijing to immediately stop its non-peaceful and provocative actions.

Responding to recent sorties by Chinese fighter jets, the US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said that the US is very concerned by China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is destabilizing, risks miscalculations, and undermines regional peace and stability. The US urges China to cease its pressure and coercion against Taiwan.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded on Monday, saying that the US selling weapons to Taiwan, as well as US ships navigating the Taiwan Strait, was provocative action that harmed US-China relations.

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