Taiwan denounces new Chinese plane incursion

Beijing, June 30 (EFE).- Taiwan’s defense ministry said 11 Chinese army planes crossed Friday the Strait of Formosa median after the United States announced the sale of ammunition and military spare parts to Taipei worth $440 million.

Taiwan said that in the last few hours it detected 24 Chinese aircraft, including J-11, J-10 and J-16, of which 11 crossed the median line and approached the so-called “contiguous area” of Taiwan, located 24 nautical miles from its coasts.

In response to the Asian giant’s maneuvers, Taipei deployed planes, ships and activated its land-based missile systems, a common procedure in these situations.

The US announced Thursday the sale of ammunition and military spare parts to Taiwan worth, of which Beijing showed its rejection.

“We call on the US to abide by the ‘One China’ principle and stop selling arms to Taiwan. The US must stop creating trouble and tension in the Taiwan Strait. It must stop damaging peace, security and stability in the region,” Mao Ning, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said Friday about the arms sale.

The median of the Taiwan Strait has for years been an unofficial but tacitly respected border between Taipei and Beijing.

However, Chinese military planes have been through it constantly since August last year, when then-US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, visited Taiwan, a trip that angered Beijing.

China claims sovereignty over Taiwan, a territory it considers a “rebel province” since Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949 after losing the war against the communist army.

The self-governing island is one of the main sources of friction between China and the US, since Washington is Taiwan’s main arms supplier and would defend it in the event of a conflict. EFE


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