MADRID, 24 (EUROPA PRESS)
Taiwan has denounced during the night of this Saturday that 13 Chinese planes have violated its airspace in what is the largest incursion of aircraft of the Asian giant, which claims sovereignty of the island, so far this year.
According to the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense, the squad was made up of a Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, eight Xian H-6K bombers and four Shenyang J – 16 fighters.
Since mid-September, the island’s Ministry of Defense has published each incursion of Chinese aircraft because the episodes are becoming more frequent as Chinese policies against the island are increasingly aggressive, according to the state agency CAN.
The United States’ approach to Taiwan has contributed to increasing hostility from China which disapproves of public displays of cooperation between the two countries, which have intensified in recent years.
Shortly before leaving From his position last Wednesday, former United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lifted restrictions on the North American diplomats’ dealings with Taiwan.
The new administration has spoken out against this latest incident and has raised its “concern” over “China’s attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan.”
“We urge Beijing to stop its military, economic and diplomatic pressure against Taiwan and instead , become part of a substantial dialogue with the democratically elected Taiwanese representatives, “says a statement from the State Department published this Saturday.
In the text, the institution’s new spokesperson, Ned Price, assures that the United States will “deepen its ties” with the island as part of its strategy to support the country’s allies in the Indo-Pacific region.