China condemns US military overflight over Taiwan Strait

Printed flags of China and Taiwan are seen in this illustration taken on April 28, 2022. (Photo by Reuters)

The Chinese military said the recent flight of a US maritime plane over the Taiwan Strait posed a threat to regional security, noting that its forces were closely monitoring the situation.

The military said Friday’s flight disrupted the situation in the region and threatened peace and stability, adding that Beijing had mobilized its air and naval forces to monitor US aircraft operations.

Colonel Shi Yi, spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command, said in a statement that Beijing firmly opposes US actions in this regard and that Chinese military forces are on high alert. maximum.

This came after Taipei announced on Tuesday that several Chinese warplanes had entered the island’s air zone.

He said at least 29 Chinese fighter jets entered Taiwan’s so-called air defense reconnaissance zone on Tuesday. They included fighters, strategic bombers, anti-submarine aircraft and other aircraft.

The United States has supplied a large amount of military weapons to Taiwan. Since the start of this year, the United States has approved the sale of up to $95 million worth of training and equipment to support Taipei’s Patriot missile system, the Pentagon said.

The first major arms sale in Taipei under President Joe Biden took place last August, which saw the approval of 40 Howitzer artillery systems.

Last year, the United States sold weapons to Taiwan, including drones and coastal missile defenses aimed at improving the island’s capabilities against mainland China.

On the other side, China has stepped up defensive activities near Taipei to assert its sovereignty claims and oppose US military moves.

China’s military said it recently conducted a drill around Taiwan as a “solemn warning” against its “collusion” with the United States.

China regards the island as its territory and under the “One China” policy, almost every country in the world recognizes Chinese sovereignty over the island.

The United States also recognizes Chinese sovereignty over the island, but has long courted Taipei in defiance of Beijing.