Taiwan Defense Ministry says that china sends dozens of warplanes into the skies near Taiwan again. The daily number of Chinese planes entering ADIZ of Taiwan since the beginning of the year is the third-highest. It came less than a month after China sent 30 fighter jets on a similar mission.
Island’s Defense Ministry said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force aircraft were a combination of combat aircraft, early warning and control aircraft, electronic warfare aircraft, anti-submarine aircraft, electronic intelligence aircraft, and aerial refueling aircraft.
The Defense Ministry added that the Taiwanese military sends fighter jets to warn warplanes of China which is near to Taiwan. The Ministry also issued radio warnings near Taiwan. Furthermore, it deployed air defense missile systems to monitor activities.
Taiwan and mainland China have got governed separately since defeated nationalists retreated to the island at the end of the civil war of China more than 70 years ago.
However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of China’s ruling body sees the autonomous island as part of its territory, even though they have in no way controlled it.
Beijing has not excluded military force from taking Taiwan. It has kept up the pressure on the democratic island in recent years with frequent flights of fighter jets to the island’s ADIZ.
An ADIZ is unilaterally imposed and is distinct from sovereign airspace, defined in international law as an extension of 12 nautical miles from the coast of a territory.
‘The US Federal Aviation Administration’ represents a designated area of airspace over land or water. It is within which a country requires the immediate and positive identification, location, and air traffic control of aircraft. It is so in the interest of the national security of the country.
Taiwan Strait Is In Tensions
The Taiwan issue has recently been at the forefront of US-China relations.
Tensions between Washington committed to supporting the island’s self-defense and Beijing over Taiwan dominated headlines earlier this month. Further, their respective defense ministers met at the Shangri-La Dialogue during the ‘Defense Conference’ held in Singapore.
Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe, in a keynote speech in Singapore, accused the United States of a thug in the region and vowed that the PLA would fight to stop the independence of Taiwan.
China’s Foreign Ministry reaffirmed earlier statements that the Taiwan Strait is not international waters after the Shangri-La conference.
He said that the waters of the Taiwan Strait extended from the shorelines on both sides of the Strait to the center line of the Strait and are internal waters of China, territorial sea, exclusive economic zone, and contiguous zone. Wang Wenbin, Foreign Ministry spokesman, cited the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the domestic law of China in a briefing on June 13th,
Reiterating the stance of Beijing, an editorial in the Chinese state-run tabloid news media claimed that the entire Taiwan Strait, the 180-kilometer-wide body of water between Taiwan and mainland China, is not international waters but rather entirely under the Beijing’s jurisdiction.
The media said that the actions of US and foreign warships regularly passing through the Strait constitute provocations that disregard Chinese sovereignty and are not innocent passage, a recognized international right.
The US Navy sees things in a different way and sends warships regularly through the Strait on May 10, while the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal made a passage.
Similar to airspace, international law specifies that a country’s territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles from its coastline.