Taiwan: 66 Chinese warplanes and 14 ships spotted around the island

In a statement made by the ministry, it was stated that Chinese air and sea vehicles were tracked with electronic tracking tools, patrol planes, ships and missile systems.

In the statement, it was also noted that 22 of the aircraft were flying in the east of the air and sea line, which is considered to limit the areas of influence of the parties in the Taiwan Strait, and in the southwestern part of Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Area (ADIZ).

The Ministry stated that 22 Chinese warplanes were seen around Taiwan on August 3, when the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Pelosi visited the Island, and on August 4, when the exercise around the Island began, after the visit, 11 guided missiles fired from the mainland of China were observed on August 4. It had reportedly crashed into what Taiwan considers “territorial waters”.

In addition, it was announced that 68 warplanes and 13 warships were seen on 5 August, and 20 aircraft and 14 ships were seen around the island on 6 August.

The exercises carried out by China for the last 4 days had created a de facto blockade around the island, where it was in a conflict of sovereignty. While some areas were closed to ship and aircraft traffic due to the exercises carried out in 6 regions, it was reported that the voyages were interrupted due to security concerns in the Bosphorus.

Visit of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives

The visit of Pelosi and the congress delegation of 5 people with her last week drew the reaction of Beijing, which saw the island as part of its territory. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that it condemned the visit, right after Pelosi’s plane landed in Taiwan, and the Ministry of Defense announced that it would hold “a series of military exercises” around the island.

Pelosi became the first Speaker of the US House of Representatives to visit the Island in 25 years. Earlier in 1997, Newt Gingrich had visited Taiwan while on this mission.

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