For the past two years, Taiwan has complained of frequent Chinese military activities in the vicinity, most of which are concentrated in the southern and southwestern part of the island’s air defense identification zone.
On Friday, the Taiwanese Air Force was quick to warn 18 Chinese planes that had entered the island’s air defense identification zone and reported more raids on Saturday and Sunday, albeit with fewer planes.
The Eastern Command of the People’s Liberation Army said in a statement that the navy and air force conducted exercises Friday through Sunday in areas east and southwest of Taiwan.
Without elaboration, he added, the exercises aimed to “test and improve the combined combat capability of multiple services and weapons”.
The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense said the equipment used in the exercises included bombers, fighters and anti-submarine aircraft.
He added that no shots were fired and no Chinese planes flew into Taiwanese airspace, but the planes flew into the island’s air defense identification zone.area wider that Taiwan monitors and patrols to give it more time to respond to any threats.
Japan reported last week that eight Chinese navy ships, including an aircraft carrier, passed between the islands of Japan’s southern Okinawa chain north-east of Taiwan.
Taiwan also conducted announced missile exercises last week in precedence and other exercises off its southern and southeastern coasts.
China has never given up on the option of using force to bring democratically governed Taiwan under its control, and the Taiwan Strait remains a potentially dangerous military hub.
The Taiwanese government rejects China’s claims of sovereignty, stating that only the island’s 23 million residents can decide their future.