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Taiwan Scrambles Jets As Officials Say China Rehearsing Attack: Report

Taiwan Scrambles Jets As Officials Say China Rehearsing Attack: Report

  • Chinese ships and planes carried out a simulated attack on Taiwan on Saturday, Taiwanese officials said per Reuters.
  • Taiwanese jets scrambled as Chinese military assets carried out missions around the Taiwan Strait, Reuters said.
  • Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said 14 Chinese aircraft have crossed the median line.

Chinese ships and planes rehearsed an attack on Taiwan on Saturday, Taiwanese military officials said, prompting the island nation to scramble its jets, according to Reuters.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said 20 Chinese planes and 14 warships conducted missions around the Taiwan Strait on Saturday afternoon, Reuters reported.

The ministry said 14 of the 20 Chinese planes crossed the median line — a 110-mile strait that acts as an unofficial buffer between China and Taiwan.

Taiwanese jets scrambled up, the ministry said, and the military also sent out a warning and put coastal missiles on standby, Reuters said.

A source familiar with security planning told the news agency that Chinese warships and drones off the east coast of Taiwan also simulated attacks on American and Japanese warships.

Reuters reported that China’s Eastern Theater Command has continued to conduct joint sea and air exercises near Taiwan to test the system’s land attack and naval strike capabilities.

The Chinese exercises, including live fire drills, started on Thursday and are expected to last until Sunday. The exercises came after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visited the self-ruled island of Taiwan that China claims as its own territory.

Beijing had repeatedly warned of a possible military response to Pelosi’s trip to Taipei, Insider previously reported.

Since Thursday, there has been practice firing ballistic missiles over and around Taiwan.

China also deployed planes and ships around the Taiwan Strait on Friday, Taipei’s Defense Ministry said, with some military assets crossing the median line. Insider reported that while this is not unprecedented, it is symbolic of the recent upsurge in tensions in the region.