Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense tracked 34 aircraft and nine Chinese ships in one day near the island.
BEIJING, 1 February – RIA Novosti. Taiwanese armed forces noted that 34 planes and nine ships belonging to the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) were approaching the island last day, according to a daily report by Taiwan’s defense ministry.
“From 06:00 on 31 January to 06:00 on 1 February, 34 aircraft and nine ships of the People’s Liberation Army of China were observed around Taiwan,” the report said.
It was recorded that 20 PLA aircraft, including two Su-30 fighter jets, two J-11, four J-10, six J-16, BZK-005 and BZK-007 unmanned aerial vehicles, one Y, entered the air defense detection zone of the island. – 8, one Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft and two Y-8 electronic reconnaissance aircraft.
The PLA reduced activity around Taiwan during the Lunar New Year holiday, which runs from January 21 to January 27. The island’s Ministry of Defense data shows that if on January 20 31 aircraft and four PLA ships were registered around Taiwan, and on January 21, 14 aircraft and three ships were registered, then on the six days of the new year. According to the lunar calendar, a total of 33 planes and 22 ships belonging to the PLA approached the island.
The situation around Taiwan has improved significantly after the visit of then-US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to the island in early August last year. Seeing the island as one of its own provinces, China saw the US support for Taiwanese separatism in this move, condemned Pelosi’s visit and held large-scale military exercises.
Official relations between the PRC central government and the island province were interrupted in 1949 after the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, defeated in a civil war with the Chinese Communist Party, moved to Taiwan. Commercial and informal contacts between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. From the early 1990s, the parties began to establish contacts through non-governmental organizations – the Beijing Association for the Advancement of Relations across the Taiwan Strait and the Taipei Cross-Strait Exchange Foundation.
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