China sends warplanes to Taiwan - Biden's support for Taiwan tested?

Monday, 25 January 2021 - 6:20

Chinese air force planes including 12 fighter jets entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone for a second day, as tensions rise near the island just days into US President Joe Biden’s new administration.

This has been considered as a show of force that coincides with the first days of US President Joe Biden's term of office according to foreign reports.

Sunday's operation involved 15 aircraft and followed a similar drill that led to a warning from Washington.

Taiwan’s defence ministry said China 

China sees democratic Taiwan as a breakaway province, but Taiwan sees itself as a sovereign state.

Analysts say China is testing the level of support of Biden for Taiwan.

China has carried out regular flights over the waters between the southern part of Taiwan and the Taiwanese-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea in recent months.

Taiwan's defence ministry said eight Chinese bomber planes capable of carrying nuclear weapons, four fighter jets and one anti-submarine aircraft entered its south-western air defence identification zone on Saturday.

Sunday's operation involved six J-10 fighters, four J-16s, two SU-30s, a Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft, and two Y-8 anti-submarine aircrafts, the ministry said. On both occasions, Taiwan's air force warned away the aircraft and deployed air defence missile systems to monitor the planes.

There has been no official comment from the Chinese government.

Source : foreign reports

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