TAIPEI: A further 20 Chinese air force planes entered Taiwan‘s air defence zone on Saturday, the defence ministry in Taipei said.
Earlier, a record 38 Chinese military jets crossed into Taiwan’s defence zone as Beijing marked the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Taipei said on Saturday.
The show of force on China’s National Day on Friday near the self-ruled democratic island, which Beijing claims as part of its territory, came in the same week it accused Britain of sending a warship into the Taiwan Strait with “evil intentions”.
Taiwan’s defence ministry said it scrambled its aircraft to broadcast warnings after 22 fighters, two bombers and one anti-submarine aircraft entered the island’s southwest Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Friday.
A second batch of 13 jets crossed into Taiwan’s ADIZ later on Friday, in a rare night incursion, bringing the total to a record 38, according to the ministry.
The ADIZ is not the same as Taiwan’s territorial airspace but includes a far greater area that overlaps with part of China’s own air defence identification zone and even includes some of mainland China.
Beijing often sends military aircraft into Taiwan’s air defence zone in a show of strength and last week flew 24 planes into the area after Taiwan applied to join a major trans-Pacific trade pact.
China’s authoritarian leaders have vowed to one day seize Taiwan.