Apr 03, 2019

Taiwan: Chinese Fighter Jets Crossing of Maritime Line Angers Taipei

On sunday 31 March 2019, two chinese fighter jets crossed the invisible maritime line in the Taiwan Strait that serves as a de facto border between the two countries. The taiwanese authorities called it a provocative act and an intrusion into Taiwan’s sovereignty damaging the stability in the region.

Article published by The New York Times

Taiwan on Sunday condemned what it called a “provocative” move by China after two Chinese fighter jets crossed a maritime border separating the two sides.

Earlier on Sunday Taiwan scrambled aircraft to drive away the two Chinese planes, the self-ruled island’s defense ministry said.

China’s move “seriously impacted regional safety and stability,” the ministry said in a statement.

There was no immediate reaction from Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory.

Huang Chung-yen, a spokesman for Taiwan’s Presidential Office, said China “should stop behavior of this sort, which endangers regional peace, and not be an international troublemaker.”

China has repeatedly sent military aircraft and ships to circle Taiwan during drills in recent years and worked to isolate the island internationally, whittling down its few remaining diplomatic allies.

Last week the United States sent Navy and Coast Guard ships through the Taiwan Strait, a strategic waterway, as part of an increase in the frequency of movement there despite opposition from China.

Taiwan is one of a growing number of divides in China’s relationship with the United States, which also include a trade war and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.

China has never renounced the possibility of using force to bring Taiwan under its control.

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