Taiwan detects 103 Chinese warplanes around island

A Chinese military jet flies over Pingtan island, one of mainland China’s closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian province, on August 6, 2022. China often conducts military exercises to simulate encirclement of the self-ruled territory. – EPA pic, September 18, 2023.

MORE than 100 Chinese warplanes and nine navy ships were detected around Taiwan, authorities in Taipei said today, describing the number as a “recent high”.

Beijing claims Taiwan as its own territory to be seized one day, by force if necessary, and has ramped up diplomatic and military pressure in recent years as relations have soured.

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