China Sends Record Wave of Bombers Into Taiwan Defence Zone

This general view shows the Taipei 101 commercial building in Taipei, Taiwan on Jul 16, 2021. (File photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)
This general view shows the Taipei 101 commercial building in Taipei, Taiwan on Jul 16, 2021. (File photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

China sent a record 18 nuclear-capable bombers into Taiwan’s air defence zone, Taipei said on Tuesday (Dec 13), just days after Beijing banned more Taiwanese imports in the latest sign of deteriorating ties.

Democratic Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by China, which sees the self-ruled island as 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 rejects its stance that the island is part of China.

In a daily update on Tuesday morning Taiwan’s defence ministry said 21 aircraft entered the island’s southwest air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the last 24 hours, including 18 nuclear-capable H-6 bombers.

That represents by far the largest daily sortie by H-6 bombers since Taipei first began releasing daily incursion data in September 2020, according to a database maintained by AFP.

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Source: Channel News Asia