CHINA has sent five more fighter jets to Taiwan in another terrifying wave of war games.
The show of force comes after the autonomous island announced its intention to join an 11-country Pacific trade group that Beijing has also asked to join.
China first sent 19 warplanes into Taiwan’s airspace yesterday before sending another five in a second wave later that day, raising fears of a World War III.
Taiwan deployed air patrol forces in response to the jets and tracked them on its air defense systems, the island’s defense ministry said in a statement.
The planes used in the morning flight, some of which followed a long L-shaped trajectory, included two nuclear-capable bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft.
Later that day, China sent more bombers as well as an early warning aircraft.
The Communist superpower sent fighter jets to Taiwan almost daily last year.
He has stepped up his military harassment against the autonomous island and sent large deployments of planes after political events he sees as an attack on his sovereignty.
Taiwan and China separated in a civil war in 1949, but Beijing continues to claim Taipei as part of its territory and opposes its involvement in international organizations.
Taiwan said Thursday it has asked to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership, creating another potential clash with Beijing.
The Chinese military sent 18 planes to Taiwan last year when a senior US diplomat visited the island and met officials there.
In June, it dispatched 28 warplanes after leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized countries issued a statement calling for a peaceful resolution of Taiwan’s cross-strait issues.
It comes after Taiwan staged spooky biological defense exercises amid fears China could create armed coronaviruses.
The troops began this week by simulating a biological and chemical attack on Beijing as well as preventing a beheading strike against their president.
Exercises are held across Taiwan as well as the Taiwan Strait as part of its largest annual military exercise and involve both standing and selected reserve forces.
Taiwan recently proposed additional defense spending of $ 8.69 billion over the next five years – including on new missiles – as it warned of an urgent need to modernize weapons in the face of a “serious threat “from his neighbor.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has made the modernization of the armed forces a priority, especially as Beijing is stepping up its military and diplomatic pressure against the island it claims as “sacred” Chinese territory.
“The Chinese Communists have continued to invest heavily in national defense budgets, its military strength has grown rapidly, and it has frequently sent planes and ships to invade and harass our seas and airspace,” the ministry said. the Defense of Taiwan.
“In the face of serious threats from the enemy, the national army is actively engaged in military construction and preparation work, and there is an urgent need to obtain mature and rapid mass production weapons and equipment in a short period of time. of time. “
Deputy Defense Minister Wang Shin-lung said the new weapons will all be manufactured domestically, although the United States will likely remain a major supplier of parts and technology.
Taiwan has been keen to demonstrate that it can defend itself, especially amid questions of whether Washington will come to its aid if China attacks.
The weapons Taiwan aims to purchase include cruise missiles and warships, the ministry said.
Taiwan has already unveiled a class of highly agile stealth warships, which it calls “aircraft carrier killers,” and is also developing its own submarines.
We pay for your stories!
Do you have a story for the Sun News Bureau?