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.
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”.
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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.