As Taiwan prepares for anti-invasion exercises, China sends dozens of warplanes toward the island

China has sent dozens of fighter jets, including fighter jets and bombers, towards Taiwan, marking a show of force.

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Document – J-10 fighter jets perform in formation to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force in Beijing, China, November 15, 2009. China has sent dozens of fighter jets, including fighter jets and bombers, to Taiwan, the island’s Ministry of Defense said on Saturday, July 22, with a massive show of self-defence, marking a few days of military parades. before a possible invasion. (AP Photo/File)

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Taipei, Taiwan — China has dispatched dozens of warplanes, including fighter jets and bombers, to Taiwan, the island’s defense ministry said on Saturday, marking a dramatic display of fanfare days before the democracy plans to hold military exercises to defend itself against a possible invasion.

Taiwan will hold the annual Han Kuang exercise next week, in which its military will hold combat readiness exercises to thwart an invasion. It will also conduct annual Wan’an exercises to prepare civilians for natural disasters and practice evacuation in the event of an air strike.

The ministry said in a statement, the People’s Liberation Army sent 37 aircraft and seven naval ships around Taiwan from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday. Among them were J-10 and J-16 fighters and H-6 bombers, and 22 of the fighters were found to have crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait – an unofficial boundary that is considered a buffer zone between the island and the mainland – or entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone near its southern part, the statement said.

Taiwan and China split in 1949 after a civil war ended with the ruling Communist Party taking control of the mainland. The island has never been part of the People’s Republic of China, but Beijing says the island must be unified with the mainland.

In recent years, China has shown its displeasure with political activities in Taiwan by increasing the number of military aircraft sent to the island.

China held major military exercises in response to former US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August. It fired missiles over the island in a significant escalation that disrupted trade routes in the Taiwan Strait and forced planes to reroute flights.

In April, the PLA also held large-scale combat readiness exercises in the air and sea around the island in response to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s meeting with current US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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