Taiwan Reports Second Chinese Combat Patrol This Week

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.02 - 2024 3:31 PM CET

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Taiwan reported China's second combat patrol near the island within a week.

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Tensions continue to rise as Taiwan reported the second "joint combat readiness patrol" by China near the island within a week, according to the island's Defense Ministry.

This latest demonstration of military prowess by Beijing involved 15 Chinese military aircraft, including Su-30 fighter jets, and several warships conducting patrols around Taiwan.

Ten Su-30 fighter jets crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, traditionally considered an unofficial border between Taiwan and mainland China.

China does not recognize this border.

Taiwan's security apparatus is on high alert as these military activities come just ahead of the inauguration of Taiwan's newly elected President, Lai Chinte.

The National Security Bureau of Taiwan has noted that China has begun employing new and unusual tactics, which include nighttime combat patrols, further exacerbating tensions.

President Lai Chinte, whom Beijing labels as a separatist, has maintained that the future of Taiwan should be decided by its people alone. Despite his calls for dialogue, China has consistently rebuffed these overtures.

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