Chinese military aircrafts entered Taiwan's air defense zone Hours after Russia’s attack on Ukraine

Akhil Aravind
This is not the picture of Chinese aircraft;Photo by UX Gun on Unsplash

China’s military aircraft entered Taiwan during the crisis in Ukraine. Taiwan’s Ministry of defense reported that around nine aircrafts had entered their air identification zone just hours after Russia ordered a military operation in Ukraine.

The ministry revealed that the mission involved eight J-16 and one Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft. According to the source, the aircraft went over the northeast of Pratas islands - a Taiwan-controlled territory in the South China Sea.

In response, Taiwan deployed flights and scrambled air defense missiles to warn Chinese aircraft. This came a day after the Chinese foreign minister, on Wednesday, said that Taiwan is not Ukraine and has always been a part of China. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called for increased vigilance of military activities.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying dismissed the concerns of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said worldwide consequences would occur if western nations failed to support Ukraine.

"Taiwan is not Ukraine," "Taiwan has always been an inalienable part of China,” said Chinese spokesperson Hua in Beijing. But Taiwan has been governed separately since the Nationalists retreated from China at the end of the Chinese civil war.

Taiwan officials are analyzing the situation and they fear that China may take the Ukraine-Russia situation as an advantage to invade Taiwan. In December, US defense officials instructed that there is an urgent need to enhance the defenses in Taiwan. The assistant secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs Ely Ratner said that "Bolstering Taiwan's defenses is an urgent task,".


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