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The Chinese air force has sent more aircraft to Taiwan’s air defense area, Taiwan’s military said on Saturday, a day after its largest ever incursion into the region.

China sent 20 planes, followed by a second wave to Taiwan hours later. This means that around 80 aircraft, including fighter jets and bombers, have now headed to the democratically governed country in the past two days.


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Beijing views Taiwan as a separate province and claims it is part of its own territory. The two countries separated in 1949 and China has been increasing pressure on the self-governing nation, while opposing its participation in international organizations such as the United Nations.

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The regime has been sending aircraft to Taiwan on an almost daily basis in recent years, but this has increased dramatically in recent times.

The new incursion came a day after the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) by the communist behemoth by sending two waves of aircraft toward Taiwan in 1949.

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Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang told Reuters on Saturday that “China has deliberately engaged in military aggression, damaging regional peace.”

Chinese jets never breached Taiwan’s territory, but Taiwanese forces scrambled fighters in response to the aggression. Taiwan also monitored Chinese aircraft on its air defense systems, the island’s defense ministry said in a statement.

China flew 24 jets towards Taiwan last week as it announced it would seek membership of a Pacific trade group that China is also applying to join.