Taiwan prepares missile defense after Chinese warships cross ADIZ: reports

Several Chinese aircraft and naval vessels entered the Taiwan Strait and entered Taiwan’s air defense zone, the government announced early Wednesday morning.

“16 PLA aircraft and 3 PLAN ships around Taiwan were detected around 6 a.m.,” the government said, urging it to send its own naval vessels to respond.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is China’s official designation for the armed forces, including the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-controlled Navy (PLAN).

A US CH-47 helicopter flies an 18 x 12 meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan.

A US CH-47 helicopter flies an 18 x 12 meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan.
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“[The Republic of China’s Armed Forces] have been monitoring the situation and responding to these activities with CAP aircraft, naval vessels and land-based missile systems,” the Taiwanese government added.

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The Taipei Ministry of Defense also provided the flight paths for the Chinese warships, including the identification of the aircraft.

“5 of the aircraft detected (J-10*2, Y-8 EW, BZK-005 UAV RECCE and Y-8 ASW) had crossed the center line of the Taiwan Strait and entered the SW ADIZ of Taiwan, flight paths as shown,” government wrote with a picture of nov. 15 flight routes.

On Monday, President Joe Biden told reporters that he “does not believe there is an imminent attempt by China to invade Taiwan,” after a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Biden also said that a new Cold War with China would not happen as the United States continues to engage with its leaders.

“I absolutely believe there is no need for a new Cold War,” Biden said. “I have met with Xi Jinping many times and we were frank and clear with each other across the board. And I don’t think there is any imminent attempt by China to invade Taiwan.”

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He added: “And I made it clear that our policy on Taiwan has not changed at all. It’s exactly the same position we’ve had. I made it clear that we want to see a peaceful resolution of inter-trade issues, and so it has never been done. to come to that.”

Taiwan’s cautious discovery on Wednesday comes as China continues to conduct war games in the region to test its latest military technology.

Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan Island, one of mainland China's closest points from Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 4, 2022.

Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan Island, one of mainland China’s closest points from Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 4, 2022.
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Earlier this month, Taiwan was forced to scramble its jets and air defense systems after it similarly detected 11 Chinese planes near its island.

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The Nov. 5 was spotted just days after senior PLA officials said its military was “on full alert” for a possible war in the Straits.

US officials and their international partners have warned the Chinese government against military escalation, and some have vowed to intervene if China invades.

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In October, Jinping said he would continue to “fully strengthen training and preparation for war.”

“We must be fully prepared to respond to external interference and major incidents related to Taiwan’s independence with non-peaceful means and other necessary measures, always maintain a high level of readiness and be ready for war at all times,” General Liu Yantong. , head of the Central Military Agency’s laboratory, added at the time.

A Chinese military jet flies over Pingtan Island, one of mainland China's closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 6, 2022.

A Chinese military jet flies over Pingtan Island, one of mainland China’s closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 6, 2022.
(HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Taiwan defines itself as a sovereign nation with democratic values. This emphasis on democracy sets it apart from mainland China, which is under communist rule, and has enabled Taiwan to attract international cooperation.

Most of these partners, however, including the United States, officially recognized Taiwan as a territory of China. The United States and the United Nations both agree on the one-China policy.

Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.

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