33 Chinese fighter jets fly around Taiwan
Taiwanese F-16 fighters followed Chinese bombers south of the island in 2020. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan’s defense agency said 33 Chinese military aircraft and seven warships moved around the island in 24 hours.

Taiwan recorded the activities of Chinese fighter jets and warships from 6:00 a.m. on January 26 to 6:00 a.m. on January 27.

Thirteen Chinese aircraft “crossed the median line in the Taiwan Strait,” the island’s defense agency announced today, adding that it closely monitored the situation and used air patrol aircraft and ships Of forces at sea and coastal missile systems to react to the above move.

Taiwanese officials said they also discovered two Chinese airships crossing the median line.

China considers Taiwan a part of its territory awaiting reunification and does not rule out the possibility of using force if necessary.

Earlier this month, Taiwan announced the discovery of three airships flying over the central region of the island, near the key base Ching Chuan Kang, and one airship moving over the northern sea of ​​the island before disappearing. Taiwanese officials identified the balloons as ” Chinese weather monitoring equipment “but did not give further details.