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Taiwan reports presence of seven Chinese naval vessels and six military aircraft

April 2, 2024 10:50 AM IST

China | Taiwan | Taiwan Strait | People's Liberation Army

Taiwan, on Tuesday, detected seven Chinese naval vessels and six military aircraft around its territory, reported Taiwan News.

In an official post on ‘X,’ Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) said, “6 PLA aircraft and 7 PLAN vessels around Taiwan were detected by 6 am (UTC+8) today. 2 of the aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait. #ROCArmedForces have monitored the situation and employed appropriate forces to respond.”

While two People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft breached the median line, none entered the southwest corner of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) during the incident.

In response to the Chinese military activity, Taiwan sent its own aircraft, naval ships, and air defense missile systems to monitor the situation.

Earlier on Monday, Taiwan detected seven Chinese naval vessels operating around the nation.

According to Taiwan News, it also detected six Chinese naval vessels and four military aircraft on Sunday.

Taiwan News also reported that in March alone, Taiwan tracked 359 Chinese military aircraft and 204 naval vessels, highlighting China’s increased military presence around Taiwan since September 2020.

Since September 2020, China has increased its use of gray zone tactics by incrementally increasing the number of military aircraft and naval ships operating around Taiwan.

Gray zone tactics are defined as “an effort or series of efforts beyond steady-state deterrence and assurance that attempts to achieve one’s security objectives without resorting to direct and sizable use of force.”

Meanwhile, the Taiwanese military condemned the filming by drones by Chinese netizens on the outlying island of Erdan near Kinmen on March 31, Taiwan News reported.

(Inputs from ANI)

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