The Chinese armed forces announced the start of live-fire military exercises near the cross-strait on Friday, which coincided with a visit by a US envoy to the island.
A spokesman for the Chinese Armed Forces, Zhang Chunhui, has argued that these are “necessary” exercises to deal with the “current situation” in the region and indicated that they will help the People’s Liberation Army to “defend and defend national unity to defend “territorial sovereignty”.
In response to these maneuvers, the Taiwanese Air Force has mobilized several of its aircraft and deployed defense systems to “monitor activities,” the Taiwanese Defense Ministry said in a statement. At least 18 Chinese fighters have entered Taiwanese territory, according to Taipei.
Beijing claims its sovereignty over Taiwan and has questioned the latest US approaches to the area. A US representative, Keith Krach, Deputy Secretary of State, arrived Thursday to attend a memorial service for former Taiwan President Lee Teng Hui.