Taiwan sent fighter jets to warn 10 Chinese planes, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.
The Taiwanese Air Force rushed to remove 10 Chinese planes that entered its air defense zone, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry said the day after the island announced a $ 9 billion increase in military spending to counter the Chinese threat.
China’s claimed Taiwan has been complaining for a year or more about repeated Chinese Air Force missions near the democratically ruled island, often in the southwestern part of its air defense zone near the island. of Pratas controlled by Taiwan.
The latest Chinese mission involved six J-16 and two J-11 fighters as well as an anti-submarine plane and a reconnaissance plane, the Taiwanese ministry said on Friday.
Taiwan sent fighter jets to ward off Chinese planes, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them, the ministry said.
Chinese fighters flew over an area near the Pratas, while anti-submarine and reconnaissance planes flew over the Bashi Canal that separates Taiwan from the Philippines, according to a map released by the ministry.
Warships, early warning planes and bombers were deployed on Friday as part of patrols and exercises aimed at improving the Chinese military’s joint combat capabilities in the region, a carrier said on Saturday. speech of the command of the eastern theater of China in a press release.
The incident came a day after Taiwan proposed to increase military spending by $ 8.7 billion over the next five years, including on new missiles, warning of an urgent need to modernize weapons in the face of to a “serious threat” from China.
Chinese patrols and exercises also coincided with the passage of a US destroyer through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, which the US Navy called a “routine” passage through international waters.
The Eastern Theater Command, which oversees the Chinese military in eastern China, said in a separate statement on Saturday that the USS Barry was being watched throughout its journey.
Speaking on Friday, Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang said the government must take the threat from China seriously.
“The Chinese Communists are constantly plotting against us,” he said.
Taiwan’s defense spending “is based on safeguarding national sovereignty, national security, and national security. We don’t have to relax. We must have the best preparations so that no war occurs, ”he added.
The Chinese government, for its part, criticized Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu on Friday for his comments this week in which he said Taiwan was a “sea fortress” blocking China’s expansion in the Pacific.
“Wu’s goal is to deceive public opinion, to associate and get along with anti-Chinese foreign forces,” China’s Taiwan Affairs Bureau said in a statement.