Taiwan spotted 13 Chinese military aircraft and nine naval ships near its territory

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Taiwan spotted 13 Chinese military aircraft and nine naval ships near its territory

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said that from 6 am on Monday (local time) to 9 am on Tuesday (local time), 13 Chinese military aircraft and nine Chinese naval ships were detected operating around Taiwan.

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According to Taiwan's MND, 9 of the 13 Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered the southwest and southeast parts of Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). In response to China's action, Taiwan's armed forces monitored the situation and responded accordingly.

In a post on X, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said, “As of 6 AM (UTC+8) today, 13 #PLA aircraft and 9 PLAN ships have been observed in the vicinity of #Taiwan. 9 aircraft crossed the median line of the #Taiwan Strait and entered Taiwan's SW and SE ADIZ. #ROCArmedForces have monitored the situation and taken action accordingly.”

Taiwan has detected Chinese military aircraft 109 times and naval/coast guard ships 102 times so far in June, Taiwan News reports. Since September 2020, China has intensified its use of grey zone tactics by increasing the number of military aircraft and naval ships operating around Taiwan.

As Taiwan News reports, the gray zone strategy is “an effort, or series of efforts, beyond static deterrence and reassurance that attempts to achieve one’s security objectives without using direct and massive force.”

This latest incident joins a series of similar provocative actions by China in recent months as Beijing continues to flex its military muscle and seeks to assert its dominance in the region.

Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China, has long been a contentious issue in China's foreign policy, with Beijing considering the island to be its territory that must be reunified with the mainland, by force if necessary.

Meanwhile, the Taiwan military's Kinmen Defense Command said on June 8 that it would retaliate in accordance with drone regulations after a Chinese TikTok video claimed drones would be flown over Kinmen to drop propaganda leaflets.

The decision was made after two unidentified individuals said they would distribute leaflets near the Mashan Observation Post on Kinmen to “send warmth to Taiwanese troops”, Taiwan News reported, citing a Kinmen Defense Command press release.

After reviewing the video, the Taiwanese military said no drones flew near the camp area. The Kinmen Defense Command said some Chinese individuals with unclear motives did not consider the impact of promoting discontent among Taiwanese people and worsening cross-strait relations.

The Command said that these people intend to attract media attention and increase traffic or popularity on social media and their behaviour and mindset cannot be ignored.

According to the command statement, the Taiwanese military closely monitors enemy threats and does not succumb to the “trivial antics of Chinese netizens.” It further said that the task of hiding weapons, equipment and facilities on Kinmen has been completed.

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