Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said that 6 Chinese combat aircraft and an American reconnaissance plane entered the southwestern corner of the Taiwanese air defense zone on Sunday, in an unusual admission of US military activity.
Tensions rose over the past week after Taiwan revealed that many Chinese fighters and bombers had entered the air defense zone, near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the northern part of the South China Sea.
The Chinese missions coincided with the entry of a US aircraft carrier group into the South China Sea, while the US military described it as a routine deployment.
The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense said that 7 Chinese planes flew over the same waters near the Bratas Islands today, explaining that an American reconnaissance plane was also present in the southwestern part of the defense zone, but it did not mention the type of plane and did not provide details of its flight path, as it does with all flights. Chinese.
This is the first time that Taiwan has indicated the presence of an American aircraft since it began almost daily reports of Chinese activity in its defense zone in mid-September.