Taipei said on Tuesday China sent a record 18 bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons into Taiwan’s air defense zone, just days after Beijing banned further imports. Taiwanese goods in the latest sign that relations are deteriorating.
Democratic Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by China, which considers the self-governing island part of its territory to be seized one day.
Beijing has ramped up military, diplomatic and economic pressure since the 2016 election of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who rejected the stance that the island was part of China.
In its daily update on Tuesday morning, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said that 21 aircraft entered the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) southwest of the island in the past 24 hours, including 18 bombers. H-6 bombs capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
This is by far the largest daily sortie by H-6 bombers since Taipei first began publishing daily infiltration data in September 2020, according to the database. maintained by AFP.
The wave comes after China imposed a ban on imports of Taiwanese food, beverages, alcohol and seafood products last week, prompting Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang to accuse Beijing of breaking the rules. international trade and “discrimination” against the island.
The H-6 is China’s main long-range bomber and is capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
It is rare for China to send more than 5 H-6 bombers in a day. But sorties have increased dramatically in recent weeks.
Until recently, October 2021 was the month with the largest number of H-6 flights on record at 16.
But last month, China sent 21 bombers into Taiwan’s ADIZ. And the current figure for December is 23.
Many countries maintain air defense identification zones (ADIZs), including the United States, Canada, South Korea, Japan, and China.
They are not like the airspace of a country.
Instead, they cover a much larger area within which any foreign aircraft must notify local aviation authorities.
Taiwan’s ADIZ is much larger than its airspace. It overlaps with part of China’s ADIZ and even includes some mainland.
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