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International News: Taiwan officials say China’s air force approached coast

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2023. 8:56 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Taiwanese Defence Ministry noted that today, 8 Chinese war planes crossed the Taiwan Strait and approached close to the island’s contiguous zone that is 24 nautical miles (44 km) off its coast.

According to Reuters, over recent years, China’s air force has increased presence near the Taiwan Strait.

China views Taiwan as its territory and has long vowed to “reunify” the self-governing democratic island.

Earlier this year, Taiwan Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng warned that the island had to be on alert for a “sudden entry” by the Chinese military into areas close to its territory.

The U.S. Navy also released a video of what it called an “unsafe interaction” in the strait, in which a Chinese warship crossed in front of a U.S. destroyer.

 

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