A total of 24 Chinese military aircraft penetrated Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Thursday, Sept. 23, in what was the Chinese regime’s third-largest incursion in the past two years, prompting the island to respond by deploying its fighter jets.

According to Taiwan News, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) reported that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft entered the ADIZ in two groups.

At 4:30 pm local time, the first raid deployed 19 aircraft, including 12 Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, two Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare (Y -8 ASW), two Xian H-6 bombers, one Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warfare (Y-8 EW) aircraft, and two Shenyang J-11 fighter jets.

Then, in a second deployment, at 7:15 pm local time, five additional Chinese military aircraft entered the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ. They were two Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, one Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft (KJ-500 AEW & C), and two Shenyang J-11 fighter jets.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense showed some of the Chinese aircraft on Twitter, flying around the southern part of Taiwan. 

Taiwan’s MND responded to both aggressions by deploying its air defense missile systems to monitor activity in the ADIZ, issuing radio warnings to Chinese PLAAF aircraft, and tracking Chinese aircraft with ground-based anti-aircraft missiles, the Taiwanese media outlet said. 

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration defines an ADIZ as “an area of airspace over land or water, in which the ready identification, location, and control of all aircraft (except Department of Defense and law enforcement aircraft) is required in the interest of national security.”

These new Chinese bullying tactics towards Taiwan came a day after the island officially applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) free trade pact.

The Chinese regime said Thursday through Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian that it “firmly opposes” Taiwan “entering into any official treaty or organization.”

The Taiwan region is considered an “inalienable part of China” territory by the CCP. “The one-China principle is a recognized norm of international relations and a general consensus of the international community,” Zhao Lijian said, according to Japan’s Kyodo News agency.

Adding that “resolutely opposes Taiwan’s accession to any official agreements and organizations,” the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) spokesman stated. 

In response to the Chinese regime’s statements, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued Thursday night that Beijing had “no right to speak” about Taiwan’s application for CPTPP membership.

“The Chinese government only wants to bully Taiwan in the international community, and is the arch criminal in increased hostility across the Taiwan Strait.” 

The CCP considers Taiwan a province of China under what it calls the “one-China policy.” It has not ruled out the use of military force to prevent the island from declaring complete independence and has been repeating intimidations with increasing frequency and intensity; Taiwan reported the last one on Sept. 5.

Taiwan’s democratic government, led by Tsai Ing-wen, continues to resist CCP influence to maintain the island’s sovereignty.

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