Chinese warplanes buzz Taiwan for third straight day

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Chinese warplanes buzz Taiwan for third straight day

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (C) speaks in front of a domestically-produced F-CK-1 indigenous defence fighter jet (IDF) during her visit to Penghu Air Force Base on Magong island in the Penghu islands on September 22, 2020. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

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Two Chinese Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft enter Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone

Taiwan scrambled jet fighters Wednesday, September 23, after Chinese warplanes buzzed the island for the third straight day, its defense ministry said, the latest in a recent string of incursions sparked by a high-level US visit.

Two Chinese Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft entered Taiwan’s southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) the ministry said in a statement, adding its jets had broadcast warnings to leave.

Foreign minister Joseph Wu on Tuesday, September 22, said Beijing “must back off” following the recent incursions that started on September 16, the day before a high-ranking US diplomat was due to visit Taiwan.

Angered by the trip, China twice sent its fighters and bombers into Taiwan’s ADIZ and across the “median line” of the Taiwan Strait during undersecretary of state Keith Krach’s visit to Taipei.

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A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman later said there was no such thing as the median line “as Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory,” sparking condemnations from Taipei.

China considers democratic Taiwan part of its territory, to be absorbed into the mainland, by force if necessary, even though the island has been self-ruled for more than 7 decades.

Beijing has ratcheted up pressure on Taiwan since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, who rejects its view that Taiwan is part of “one China”.

Washington’s increased outreach to Taiwan under President Donald Trump has become yet another flashpoint with Beijing, as the US and China clash over a range of trade and security issues, as well as the coronavirus pandemic. – Rappler.com

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