TAIPEI (Reuters) – Chinese fighters approached Taiwan on Thursday for the second consecutive day, the island’s defense ministry said, urging China to stop “destroying regional peace” in further escalating tension across the country. sensitive Strait of Taiwan.
China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, has held numerous military exercises up and down its coast and near the island in recent weeks.
The Defense Ministry said Su-30 fighters and Y-8 transport planes were among Chinese planes that entered southwest Taiwan’s air identification zone on Thursday morning.
“The Ministry of Defense has once again urged the Communist Party of China not to repeatedly destroy regional peace and stability,”
Taiwan launched planes to intercept Chinese planes, the ministry added, saying it was able to quickly track “enemy movement”.
China’s defense ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Taiwan has repeatedly complained that China, which has not ruled out the use of force to bring the democratic island under its control, has escalated military threats in recent months as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic.
Beijing regularly states that such exercises are not unusual and are designed to show its determination to defend its sovereignty.
Taiwan is conducting live-fire tests off its southeastern and eastern coasts.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen warned of a growing risk of accidental conflict in the disputed South China Sea and around Taiwan, saying communication must be maintained to reduce the risk of miscalculations.
Reporting by Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Michael Perry