The Chinese army sent more than 20 aircraft and five warships to Taiwan, the Taiwan Defense Ministry said on August 17.
“As of 17:00 (12:00 Moscow time) on August 17, the Taiwanese armed forces recorded the activity of 21 aircraft and five ships in the sea and airspace near Taiwan,” Taiwan said.
The report said that two Su-30 fighters, two J-11s, and one Y-8 electronic reconnaissance aircraft crossed the so-called “median line” of the Taiwan Strait.
The Ministry of Defense of the island of Taiwan sent air escorts to monitor the situation, issued radio warnings, and ordered the deployment of anti-aircraft missile systems.
The aggravation of relations between China and Taiwan was caused by a visit to the island by a delegation led by Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. A delegation of U.S. congressmen headed by Senator Ed Markey arrived in Taiwan.
The reason for the visit of the Ed Markey delegation was allegedly the foreign relations between the United States and Taiwan. At the meeting, officials discussed regional security, trade and investment, global supply chains, climate change, and other issues of interest.
After these visits, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said that the Chinese army is conducting military exercises and patrols in five zones of the South China Sea off the coast of Guangdong and in the area of the Penghu Islands around Taiwan in response to the collaboration between Taipei and Washington.
China does not recognize the sovereignty of the island of Taiwan and considers it its own territory. The Chinese authorities are against any contact between Taipei and officials and military from other countries.