Taiwan reports Chinese military ships crossed near their country prompting them to get missile defense ready

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Several Chinese aircraft and naval vessels entered the Taiwan Strait and crossed into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone, the government announced early Wednesday morning.

“16 PLA aircraft and 3 PLAN ships around Taiwan were detected at 6 a.m.,” the government said, prompting them to send their own naval vessels.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is China’s official designation for the armed forces, including naval forces (PLAN) controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies a national flag measuring 18 by 12 meters at a military base in Taoyuan.
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“[The Republic of China’s Armed Forces] have been monitoring the situation and responding to these activities with aircraft in CAP, naval vessels and land-based missile systems,” the Taiwanese government added.

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Taipei’s defense ministry also provided flight paths for the Chinese military vessels, including aircraft identification.

“5 of the aircraft detected (J-10*2, Y-8 EW, BZK-005 UAV RECCE, and Y-8 ASW) had crossed the Taiwan Strait centerline and entered Taiwan’s SW ADIZ, flight paths as shown, the government wrote with a photo of the flight paths from Nov. 15.

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On Monday, President Joe Biden told reporters he “did not think there was an imminent attempt on the part of China to invade Taiwan,” after meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Biden also said there will not be another Cold War with China as the US continues to communicate with its leaders.

“I absolutely believe there need not be another Cold War,” Biden said. “I have met Xi Jinping many times and we have been frank and clear with each other across the board. And I don’t think there is any imminent attempt on China’s part to invade Taiwan.”

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He added: “And I have made it clear that our policy towards Taiwan has not changed at all. It is exactly the same position that we have taken. I have made it clear that we want trade issues to be resolved peacefully and so that has never been happened. come this far.”

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Taiwan’s precautionary discovery on Wednesday comes as China continues to hold war games in the region to test its latest military technologies.

Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan Island, one of mainland China's closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian province, on August 4, 2022.

Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan Island, one of mainland China’s closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian province, on August 4, 2022.
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Earlier this month, Taiwan was forced to scramble fighter jets and its military defense system after similarly detecting 11 Chinese aircraft near its island.

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The November 5 sighting came just days after senior PLA officers said the military was on “full-time standby” for a possible war in the Straits.

US officials and its international partners have warned the Chinese government of military escalation and some have vowed to intervene should China invade.

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In October, Jinping said he would “completely improve training and preparation for war”.

“We must be fully prepared to respond to external interference and major incidents related to Taiwan’s independence through non-peaceful means and other necessary measures, always maintain a high state of preparedness, and be ready for war at all times,” he said. Major General Liu Yantong. , the head of the research office of the Central Military Commission added at the time.

A Chinese military aircraft flies over Pingtan Island, one of mainland China's closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian province, on August 6, 2022.

A Chinese military aircraft flies over Pingtan Island, one of mainland China’s closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian province, on August 6, 2022.
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Taiwan identifies itself as a sovereign nation with democratic values. This prioritization of democracy is distinct from communist-ruled mainland China and has enabled Taiwan to attract international partnerships.

However, most of these partners, including the US, have officially recognized Taiwan as a territory of China. The US and the United Nations agree on the one China policy.

TBEN News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.