Twenty-seven Chinese warplanes flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone on Wednesday, Taipei said, as US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made her controversial visit to the self-ruled island that Beijing considers its territory.
“27 PLA aircraft… entered the surrounding area of (Republic of China) on August 3, 2022,” the defense ministry said in a tweet.
China sent 27 aircraft to Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the island’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday hours after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taipei following a high-stakes visit that has spiked tensions in the Taiwan Strait.
As many as six J-11 fighter jets, five J-16 multirole fighters, and 16 SU-30 multirole fighters entered the air defense zone today.
“27 PLA aircraft (J-116, J-165, and SU-30*16) entered the surrounding area of R.O.C. on August 3, 2022,” Taiwan Defense Ministry tweeted.
This incursion after 21 Chinese military aircraft flew into the southwestern part of Taiwan’s air defense zone on Monday night. In response to Chinese aggression, Taiwan sent an air patrol to monitor the situation and also deployed anti-aircraft missile systems.
Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan came to an end today as she departed from the self-ruled island after a short and gripping trip that upped the ante in the Taiwan Strait.