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China steps up warplane incursions near Taiwan

Added 01-24-22 03:35:02pm EST - “China in the past two days has sharply increased provocative warplane incursions near Taiwan as fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine intensified in Europe.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “China steps up warplane incursions near Taiwan”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

China in the past two days has sharply increased provocative warplane incursions near Taiwan as fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine intensified in Europe.

According to the Taiwan Defense Ministry, a total of  52 military aircraft intruded into the island’s air defense zone on Sunday and Monday, following a number of such sorties in 2021.

The largest group of flights took place Sunday, Taiwanese officials said, when 39 Chinese military aircraft flew close to the southern end of the island, including 34 J-10 and J-16 fighter jets. Other aircraft included an H-6 bomber and Y-8 and Y-9 electronic warfare planes.

That was followed by another round of 13 aircraft flying near the southern Taiwan coast on Monday, including two H-6 bombers, 10 J-16 fighters and one Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft, the Taiwanese ministry said on its website.

The flights come amid growing signs Moscow is preparing to launch an invasion of Ukraine with an estimated 100,000 troops across the border with Ukraine. Some are already expressing fears Beijing may step up its own intimidation campaign against Taiwan, which it considers a breakaway part of the country, with the world’s attention focused on Ukraine.

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