Taiwan scrambles fighters to see off Chinese warplanes as Xi meets top brass

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Chinese-claimed Taiwan near an island democratically governed by the Chinese Air Force, often in the southwestern part of its Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ, close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands, by China’s Air Force. Repeatedly complained about the mission.

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Taiwan calls China’s repeated military activities “grey zone” warfare, designed to repeatedly scuffle Taiwan’s forces and test Taiwan’s responses.

In a four-day period beginning on October 1, when China marked its national day, Taiwan stated that approximately 150 PLA ​​military aircraft entered its ADIZ, not in regional airspace but over a wider area of ​​Taiwan surveillance. and patrols which serves to give it more time. Respond to any threats.

Taiwan’s ministry said the latest Chinese mission involved 18 fighter jets and five nuclear-capable H-6 bombers, as well as unusually one Y-20 aerial refueling aircraft.

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According to maps provided by the ministry, the bomber and six fighters went south of Taiwan into the Bashi Channel, which separates the island from the Philippines, then back into the Pacific before heading back to China.

Those planes were accompanied by refueling aircraft, suggesting that China refueled short-range fighters, a skill that the country’s air force was still capable of projecting power beyond China’s shores. working for.

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The ministry said Taiwan sent fighter jets to warn the Chinese planes while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.

There was no immediate comment from China, which has said in the past that such moves were exercises aimed at protecting the country’s sovereignty.

However, Chinese state media reported that President Xi Jinping held a three-day meeting, which ended on Sunday with the country’s top officials, to discuss how to further strengthen the armed forces through talent cultivation.

While there was no direct mention of Taiwan in the read out of his remarks, Xi stressed the need to modernize the military to be able to win the war.

“It is necessary to make great efforts to strengthen scientific and technical literacy and improve the real ability to win modern war,” Xi was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency.

“It is necessary to strengthen practical experience and encourage and guide officers and soldiers to experience wind and rain, see the world, strengthen their muscles and bones and develop their talents in fierce military exercises.”

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