Taiwan’s Defense Agency said 13 Chinese military aircraft entered the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) southwest of Taiwan on Dec. 10, as reported by Focus Taiwan

The aircraft were divided into two groups and took turns to invade the island’s ADIZ. The first intrusion consisted of two H-6 fighters and one Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft entering the ADIZ southwest and south of Taiwan. The second intrusion included a submarine-hunting aircraft, a KJ-500 early warning aircraft, two J-10 light fighters, and six J-16 heavy fighters.

In response, Taiwan’s Self-Defense Forces deployed fighter jets to monitor, issue warnings and activate anti-aircraft missile systems if the situation intensified. 

This infiltration of Chinese aircraft comes a day after Central American nation Nicaragua announced an end to their diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

After Nicaragua’s declaration, Taiwan has official diplomatic relations with 14 other countries. Taiwan’s foreign ministry issued a statement saying the news was “sad and pitiful,” and it would suspend relations with Nicaragua, halt bilateral cooperation, and evacuate staff from Nicaragua.

Over the past 14 months, Beijing has steadily increased its military activities near Taiwan. As a result, many countries are worried about the risk of the Chinese military using force to occupy Taiwan, even if this is an unlikely scenario at present.

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