Taiwan tracks 23 Chinese military aircraft flying over the country

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Taiwan's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that Taiwan has tracked 23 Chinese military aircraft across the country. This includes fighter jets, transport aircraft and drones.

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Of these, 16 aircraft crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait.

In a post on social media platform X, Taiwan MND wrote, “A total of 23 PLA aircraft (J-16, Y-8, UAVs, etc.) were detected at 0820 AM today. 16 of these crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait and entered the north, central and southwest parts of Taiwan's ADIZ to conduct joint combat patrols with PLA ships.”

The median line bisects the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from China, which Taiwan claims as its own.

The Chinese military aircraft were spotted soon after China sent 19 aircraft, eight naval ships and four Chinese coast guard ships around the self-ruled island in the 24 hours ending at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

“19 PLA aircraft, 8 PLAN ships and 4 CCG ships were observed around Taiwan today. 17 aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered Taiwan's northern and southwestern ADIZ. The ROC Armed Forces have monitored the situation and responded accordingly,” Taiwan's Defense Ministry said in a post on X today.

Taiwan monitored the situation and responded accordingly.

Meanwhile, amid tense relations with China and the country's growing aggression, Taiwan's Defence Minister Wellington Koo Li-hsiung visited the army headquarters to receive a briefing on operational concepts for the country's ground forces.

“On June 3, Defense Minister Wellington Kuo Li-hsiung visited Army Headquarters to receive briefings on critical future procurements to enhance operational concepts and combat capabilities for Taiwan's ground forces,” MND wrote in a post on X.

“Minister Koo emphasized the importance of integrating active and reserve forces, strengthening command and control for joint operations, and adopting realistic training that aligns with our asymmetric warfare strategy,” the post further said.

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