32 Chinese warplanes detected around Taiwan: Taipei

SpaceWar.com reports: “Taiwan’s defence ministry said Thursday that 32 Chinese military aircraft were detected around the island in a 24-hour window — the second-highest number this year.

In the 24 hours leading up to 6:00 am Thursday (2200 GMT Wednesday), the Ministry of National Defence also detected five naval ships operating around Taiwan, it said.

Twenty of the aircraft ‘crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait’, it added in a statement.

Taiwan’s armed forces have ‘monitored the situation and employed (patrol) aircraft, Navy vessels, and coastal missile systems in response to the detected activities’.

In two other 24-hour periods in late January and early February, the ministry detected 33 Chinese warplanes around the island, the highest number this year.

Those detections followed the January 13 presidential election won by current Vice President Lai Ching-te, whom Beijing dislikes…”

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