Two Chinese fighters cross Taiwan Strait median line again, says Taiwan’s defence ministry


Taiwan’s defence ministry said on Sunday that two Chinese fighter jets crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait again.

As per Taiwan’s defence ministry, a total of four Chinese aircraft and five Chinese ships are operating around Taipei.

The fresh incursion comes after the Biden administration announced a more than $1 billion arms sale to Taiwan.

China had stepped up military drills near Taiwan following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei.

Since her visit last month, the acrimony and strident rhetoric between the US and China over Taiwan have increased sharply.

In an incident that underscored the heightened tensions, Taiwan’s military said it had shot down a drone hovering over one of its island outposts just off the Chinese coast on Thursday.

China, which claims Taiwan is a part of its territory, has launched a show of force that could be a trial run for a future invasion.

After the civil war in 1949, China and Taiwan split with Beijing, cutting off informal contacts in 2016 following the election of independence-leaning Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, experts have raised questions on whether China may follow suit in Taiwan and whether the island is equipped to defend itself.

shoveing for a strengthening of anti-drone defences as part of a 12.9 per cent increase in its annual budget, Tsai’s administration has warned off drones hovering over three islands occupied by Taiwan.

(With inputs from agencies)

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