In anticipation of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, who is scheduled to arrive in Taipei on Tuesday night, China has increased military activities in the area of Taiwan.
The Taiwanese government also claimed that it had been the target of cyberattacks.
It happened the same day that a US official visited the island to discuss security with authorities, days after US President Joe Biden warned China against invading Taiwan.
With the justification that they are training exercises, China has increased the frequency of its aerial operations in recent months.
Such actions have angered Taiwan and raised regional tensions.
Taiwan is considered by China to be a renegade province that it may seize by force if necessary.
According to Taiwan’s defense ministry, the most recent incident involved 22 fighters as well as early warning, electronic warfare, and antisubmarine planes.
According to a map released by the ministry, the plane flew in a region of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) that is northeast of the Pratas Islands.
An ADIZ is a region that is not part of a nation’s territory or national airspace, but where foreign aircraft are nevertheless recognized, watched over, and regulated for national security purposes. As long as it is self-declared, it is still considered international airspace.
However, the aircraft did not enter Taiwan’s airspace directly, which would have been considered an act of aggression.
Since more than a year ago, Taiwan has been claiming that Chinese aircraft have been flying into its ADIZ in what it refers to as “grey zone” combat intended to test their ability to respond militarily and exhaust them.
In the past, Beijing has claimed that the drills were designed to defend its sovereignty.