U.S. Raises Concern as China Flies Warplanes South of Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan– The Chinese military flew 16 warplanes over waters south of Taiwan on Sunday as the United States revealed issue about what it called China’s “intriguing military action” near the independent island that China claims.

China sent out 38 warplanes into the location on Friday and 39 airplane on Saturday, the most in a single day considering that Taiwan started launching reports on the flights in September2020 The flights can be found in daytime and nighttime sorties, and it wasn’t clear if China was preparing more flights on Sunday night.

A declaration from U.S. State Department representative Ned Price cautioned that China’s military activity near Taiwan dangers mistake and weakens local peace and stability.

” We prompt Beijing to stop its military, diplomatic, and financial pressure and browbeating versus Taiwan,” the declaration stated.

It included that the United States, Taiwan’s most significant provider of arms, would continue to assist the federal government keep an adequate self-defense ability.

China and Taiwan divided in 1949 throughout a civil war in which the Communists took control of mainland China and the competing Nationalists established a federal government on Taiwan, an island of 24 million individuals about 160 kilometers (100 miles) off the east coast.

China has actually been sending out military aircrafts into the location south of Taiwan on a regular basis for more than a year. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry stated 12 fighter jets and 4 other military airplane got in Taiwan’s air defense recognition zone on Sunday.

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Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee in Washington, D.C., added to this report.

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