The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) flew 38 fighter planes into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Friday, Oct 1, a national holiday in China—when the CCP commemorates its aggressive conquest of the mainland in the late 1940s.
The incursion came in two waves. The group of jets consisted of 18 J-16 jets, four SU-30 planes, two H-6 bombers, and one anti-submarine aircraft. Another group of 20 jets flew through the ADIZ the following day, BBC reported.
The communist regime also launched 24 fighter jets toward Taiwan last week, one day after the island nation filed to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a trade club to which China has also applied.
According to Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang, China’s military aircraft maneuvers within Taiwan’s air defense zone were an act of “bullying.”
Taiwan replied to the aggressive activities by deploying air patrol personnel and using its air defense systems to follow Chinese aircraft, said the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense.
“China has been wantonly engaged in military aggression, damaging regional peace,” Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang told reporters.
“It’s evident that the world, the international community, rejects such behavior by China more and more.”
The map released by the Taiwan government revealed that the jets traveled near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands, with the two bombers flying close to the adjacent atoll.
In recent years, China has dispatched military jets to the island it claims as part of its sovereignty on a near-daily basis, increasing military harassment with drills.
China made a record 380 incursions into the ADIZ in 2020, and it has already done so more than 500 times this year.
Even though Taiwan has been self-governing since 1949 and the CCP has never administered Taiwan, the CCP claims Taiwan as its territory.