Taiwan's defense ministry has sounded the alarm over China's relentless display of military might near the self-ruled island.
The ministry reported the sighting of a staggering 103 Chinese military aircraft, including fighter jets, along with the presence of nine navy ships.
This escalation in tensions has raised serious questions about peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. In response, Taiwan has called upon China to cease its "military harassment" immediately.
“China’s activities over the past day posed serious challenges to security in the strait and regionally”, the ministry said in an accompanying statement.
“The continuous military harassment by the Communist military can easily lead to a sharp increase in tensions and worsen regional security,” the ministry said as it called on China to “immediately stop such destructive unilateral actions”.
In a daring move, 40 of the Chinese military planes were observed crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait, a boundary that had long served as an unspoken demarcation between the two sides until China began routinely breaching it a year ago.
Additionally, some aircraft veered south, passing through the Bashi Channel, which separates Taiwan from the Philippines. These actions underscore China's audacious claim to Taiwan as its territory and its willingness to employ force if necessary.
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