Taiwan sends jets after 27 Chinese planes enter buffer zone

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TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan said 27 Chinese planes entered its air defense buffer zone on Sunday, the latest in a long series of incursions as part of Beijing’s pressure on the self-ruled island.

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The defense ministry said Taiwan scanned the fighters to “warn” the Chinese planes to leave. It also deployed missile systems to monitor them.

According to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry, Sunday’s incursion involved 18 fighter jets and five H-6 bombers, as well as a Y-20 aerial refueling aircraft.

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According to a map from Taiwanese officials, the Chinese plane took off over Taiwan’s air defense identification area near the southern part of the island and over the Pacific Ocean before returning to China.

In the past year, there has been an increase in the frequency of Chinese incursions with about 150 aircraft over a period of four days.

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In October:China’s Xi calls for ‘peaceful’ reunification with Taiwan

According to state-owned Xinhua news agency, China’s air force mission to Taiwan came after Chinese President Xi Jinping met with officials at a military conference where he called for military talent to support and strengthen the armed forces. Called farming.

Xi said talent is essential to win military competition and gain an edge in future wars, Xinhua news agency reported.

China claims to rule Taiwan democratically, should it be brought under its control by force if necessary. It refuses to recognize the island’s government and calls for the separation of President Tsai Ing-wen’s independence-leaning administration.

Taiwan and China split in 1949 during the civil war, and Beijing opposes Taiwan’s participation in international organizations.

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