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Taiwan jams jets as officials say China rehearses strikes: Report

Written by Javed Iqbal

  • Chinese ships and aircraft carried out a simulated attack on Taiwan on Saturday, Taiwanese officials said, according to Reuters.
  • Taiwanese jets scrambled as Chinese military assets conducted missions around the Taiwan Strait, Reuters said.
  • Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said 14 Chinese planes crossed the median line.

Chinese ships and aircraft rehearsed an attack on Taiwan on Saturday, Taiwanese military officials said, prompting the island nation to scrambled its jets, according to Reuters.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said 20 Chinese aircraft and 14 warships conducted missions around the Taiwan Strait on Saturday afternoon, Reuters reported.

The ministry said 14 of the 20 Chinese planes crossed the median line — a 110-kilometer-long strait that acts as an unofficial buffer between China and Taiwan.

Taiwanese jets scrambled, the ministry said, and the army also issued a warning and put land-based missiles on standby, Reuters said.

A source familiar with security planning told the news agency that off Taiwan’s east coast, Chinese warships and drones also simulated attacks on US and Japanese warships.

Reuters reported that China’s Eastern Theater Command has continued to conduct joint naval and air exercises near Taiwan to test the system’s land attack and sea attack capabilities.

The Chinese drills, which include live fire drills, began on Thursday and are set to continue until Sunday. The exercises came after Speaker of the US House, Nancy Pelosi, visited the self-governing island of Taiwan which China claims as its own territory.

Beijing had repeatedly warned of a possible military response to Pelosi’s Taipei trip, Insider previously reported.

Since Thursday, exercises have included launch of ballistic missiles over and around Taiwan.

China also deployed aircraft and vessels around the Taiwan Strait on Friday, Taipei’s Defense Ministry said, with some military assets crossing the median line. Insider reported that while this is not unprecedented, it is emblematic of the recent rise in tensions in the region.

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