Taiwanese officials said 39 Chinese military planes, 3 ships, entered an area near the island

Officials in Taiwan say 39 Chinese military planes and three ships entered an area near the island on Thursday morning local time.

Taiwan’s defense ministry says the planes and ships were spotted by 6 a.m., adding it is monitoring them closely.

“39 PLA aircraft and 3 PLAN ships were spotted near Taiwan as of 6am (UTC+8) today. 30 of the planes spotted had crossed the Taiwan Strait centerline and entered Taiwan’s southwest and southeast ADIZ. The ROC forces have been monitoring this situation and tasked CAP aircraft, naval vessels and land-based missile systems to respond to these activities,” the statement said.

FILE: A Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies at an undisclosed location in this undated file photo released by Taiwan's Defense Ministry

FILE: A Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies at an undisclosed location in this undated file photo released by Taiwan’s Defense Ministry
(Taiwan Ministry of Defense via AP)

Eleven Chinese military planes and three ships were seen entering an area near the island on Wednesday morning.

TAIWAN MONITORS CHINESE MILITARY PLANES, SHIPS NEAR ISLAND; USE PLANES, SHIPS TO REACT

Taiwanese officials are under the impression that China is trying to create a pretext for an attack on the island.

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told The Guardian that China is becoming “more serious than ever”.

Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian province, August 4, 2022, ahead of massive military exercises off Taiwan after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the self-governing island.

Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan island, one of mainland China’s closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian province, August 4, 2022, ahead of massive military exercises off Taiwan after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island.
(Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images)

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“And we’re pretty sure the Chinese might want to use another pretext to practice their future attacks against Taiwan.” So this is a military threat against Taiwan,” Wu told The Guardian.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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