Sunday, October 17, 2021

US expresses concern over Chinese warplanes flying again near Taiwan

The Chinese military on Sunday flew 16 warplanes over water south of Taiwan as the United States expressed concerns about China’s “provocative military action” near the self-ruled island that China claims. .

China sent 38 warplanes to the region on Friday and 39 on Saturday, the most in a single day since Taiwan released a report on flights in September 2020. The flights came in daytime and nighttime flights, and it was unclear if China was planning more flights on Sunday night.

A statement by US State Department spokesman Ned Price warned that China’s military activity near Taiwan risks miscalculations and undermines regional peace and stability.

“We urge Beijing to cease military, diplomatic and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan,” the statement said.

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It added that Taiwan’s largest supplier of weapons would continue to help the United States government maintain adequate self-defense capability.

China and Taiwan split in 1949 during a civil war, in which Communists took control of mainland China and rival Nationalists installed a government over Taiwan, which is home to 24 million people about 160 kilometers (100 mi) from the east coast. There is an island.

China has been sending military aircraft to the south of Taiwan for more than a year. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said 12 fighter jets and four other military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense detection area on Sunday.

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