Taipei, Taiwan’s government on Thursday slammed Beijing for its increasingly provocative actions after multiple incursions by Chinese Air Force planes and Navy vessels when they conducted drills within 90 nautical miles (166 kilometers) of Taiwan over the past two days.
In a hastily called press conference Thursday night, Vice Defense Minister Chang Che-ping (張哲平) said military assets of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday and Thursday.
“These military actions have seriously roiled Taiwan and threaten peace and stability in the region,” Chang said.
He warned that PLA military assets are also maneuvering along international flight routes, endangering international aviation safety, adding that the Chinese authorities should exercise restraint and not be a “trouble maker” in the region.
Chang reiterated that Taiwan’s military is constantly monitoring the situation around Taiwan and is able to respond to any eventuality.
According to a military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, about 30 incursions by PLA Air Force planes and seven by Navy vessels were detected in an area southwest of Taiwan on Wednesday, with Chinese planes entering Taiwan’s ADIZ for at least 21 times.
The official further said that about the same number of incursions by Chinese military aircraft and ships near Taiwan Thursday.
However, the PLA Rocket Force and amphibious units were not involved in the training exercise, he added.
According to a chart provided by the MND, PLA planes and ships headed into airspace and waters southeast of Taiwan from Fujian and Guangdong provinces. PLA Navy vessels operated just north of the Taiwan-controlled Dongsha Islands, the chart shows, raising concerns the PLA could try to take the islands in the guise of a military drill.
Meanwhile, in a separate press conference called by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) at roughly the same time, MOFA spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) condemned Beijing’s “provocation and threats” and called for the international community to pay attention to China’s actions.
“The Chinese government is introducing a factor of extreme instability in the region. The international community should pay close heed to this growing aggressiveness,” Ou said, reading out a prepared statement.
While emphasizing that although Taiwan does not seek confrontation but it will not back down, Ou said MOFA has already provided information relating to China’s growing aggressiveness to key friendly nations and called on countries that cherish peace to jointly address the situation.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel