At least eight Chinese military aircraft and three naval vessels were spotted near Taiwan on Tuesday, the fourth such incident in the past week amid rising tensions in the region.
Taiwan’s defense ministry tweeted Tuesday that around 6 a.m. eight planes and three naval vessels belonging to the People’s Liberation Army were spotted
The Department of Defense said its forces had been monitoring the situation and tasked CAP aircraft, naval vessels and land-based missile systems to respond to those activities.
The Defense Ministry said two of the spotted planes — a SU-30 and a Y8-EW — crossed the center line of the Taiwan Strait, the unofficial buffer zone separating Taiwan from mainland China, and entered Taiwan’s southwestern air defense identification zone.
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Tuesday marked the third straight day — and the fourth in the past week — that the Chinese military has crossed the Taiwan Strait median line.
Nearly a dozen Chinese military planes and three naval vessels were spotted near the island nation early Monday morning.
After another incident the day before, the PLA said it had been conducting combat exercises focused on land attacks, sea attacks and other issues.
These exercises, according to the PLA, were intended to “test the joint combat capability of the troops and firmly oppose the secret and provocative acts of the outside forces and the ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces.”
China made no similar statement following its actions on Tuesday.
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China has increased its pressure on Taiwan’s military in recent years, sending fighter jets or naval ships to the self-governing island, which China claims as its own territory, on an almost daily basis. Taiwan separated from the mainland in 1949 after a civil war.
Taiwan’s defense ministry said the actions over the past few days have “seriously disturbed the peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and surrounding waters.”
In late December, China sent a record 71 planes and 7 ships to Taiwan, the largest exercise of its kind in 2022.
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Taiwan will hold its annual two-day military drills starting Wednesday. The drill ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday aims to demonstrate their defensive capabilities.
Fox News’ Greg Wehner and The Associated Press contributed to this report.