Tensions escalated as Chinese planes and ships intruded near Taiwan's territory

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Adding to regional tensions, Taiwan's Defence Ministry reported a significant presence of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft and People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships near its territory on Sunday morning.

According to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense, a total of 9 Chinese PLA aircraft and 7 PLA ships were observed around Taiwan as of 6 a.m. today. Of particular concern was the airspace violation, with 5 PLA aircraft crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entering Taiwan's northern and southwestern Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ).

In response to these provocative maneuvers, Taiwan's ROC Armed Forces are actively monitoring the situation, rapidly implementing measures to deal with the emerging scenario, and upholding national security protocols.

The intrusion of PLA assets into Taiwan's airspace underscores the growing tensions in the region, as Taiwan grapples with increasing military activity from mainland China. This latest incident further underscores Taiwan's unwavering commitment to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty amid growing provocations.

Concerns are growing about the potential consequences of increasing military presence in one of Asia's most volatile regions.

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.

Taiwan News previously reported that the gray zone strategy is considered “an effort or series of efforts beyond static-deterrence and reassurance that attempts to achieve one's security objectives without the direct and large-scale use of force.”

This incident has happened at a time when tensions between China and Taiwan are at their peak. Despite never ruling Taiwan, China's ruling Communist Party considers it as its own and has threatened to take it under its control by force if necessary.

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