In the statement of the Ministry, it was announced that 54 of 91 aircraft crossed the air and sea lines in the Taiwan Strait, which is assumed to limit the areas of influence of the parties, and flew over the area that Taiwan declared the “Air Defense Identification Zone” (ADIZ).
In the statement, 8 “SU-30”, 10 “J-10”, 2 “J-11”, 10 “J-16” fighter jets, 2 “H-6” type bombers, “Y-8 ASW” type marine patrol aircraft,”KJ-200″ type early warning aircraft and “TB-001” type armed, “BKZ-005” type unarmed drones cross the nominal “middle line” in the Taiwan Strait, “Y-8 EW” and “Kj -500” early warning aircraft and “Y-20” type tanker aircraft flew to the southern part of ADIZ, and 15 “J-15” fighter aircraft flew to the southeastern part.
It is estimated that the flights and ship patrols around the island are linked to the activities of the Chinese army’s military exercise launched after Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen’s visits to Central America and the USA.
The Eastern Front Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, which is responsible for the region where Taiwan is located, announced on April 8 that it had started a joint military exercise involving land, air, naval and rocket forces around the island.
It was reported that the military exercise, called “Joint Sword”, participated in the rocket batteries of the land forces, warships of the navy, anti-ship systems based on the land, fighter jets of the air force, reconnaissance and early warning aircraft, and units controlling the guided missile systems.
During the three-day exercise, 71 aircraft and 9 ships were seen on 8 April, and 70 aircraft and 11 ships on 9 April.
Tsai, the leader of Taiwan, which is in a sovereignty conflict with China, made unofficial visits to the USA on the grounds of “transit transit” before and after his visits to Central American countries Guatemala and Belize.
The Taiwan leader attended the meeting organized by the Hudson Institute in New York City on March 30, and met with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy and the cross-party Congressional delegation in Simi Valley, California, on April 5.
The Beijing administration announced that it would impose sanctions on two organizations and their executives who mediated Tsai’s contacts while protesting the United States for his visit.
Pelosi’s visit also caused military tension
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August 2022, the former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, caused a crisis between Washington and Beijing. While the Chinese army held military exercises that created an actual blockade around the island after the visit, the guided missiles fired from the mainland of China fell into the waters near Taiwan during the exercises in which real weapons and ammunition were used.
After the visit, China increased the patrols of aircraft and ships around Taiwan and made regular flights where it crossed the nominal middle line separating the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan, which China defends as part of its territory, has enjoyed de facto independence since 1949 when the People’s Republic of China was founded. The separation that emerged after the civil war between mainland China and Taiwan still continues.
Beijing, emphasizing the principle of “One China”, opposes Taiwan’s establishing independent diplomatic relations with the countries of the world, its representation in the United Nations and other international organizations, and stipulates that the countries that recognize it should break diplomatic relations with Taiwan.