June 21 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has detected the presence of 19 Chinese fighter jets, two of them crossing its airspace, and five warships in the vicinity of the island.
The detection occurred around 06:00 local time, according to a statement published by the ministry on Twitter.
“The ROC Armed Forces have monitored the situation and assigned CAP aircraft, Navy ships and land-based missile systems to respond to these activities,” according to the statement.
The escalation of tensions in the region began with the trip to the island of the then Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, in August of last year. The situation worsened after the visit of the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing Wen, to the North American country, where she met several US congressmen despite warnings from Beijing.
Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949, but China considers the territory under its sovereignty. The Chinese government’s fundamental policy towards Taiwan has so far been one of peaceful reunification under the “one country, two systems” principle.