Lt. Gen. Lin Wen-huang, head of the Taiwan Defense Ministry’s combat planning unit, said on Tuesday that Taipei reaffirmed its commitment to shooting down Chinese warships and aircraft if they entered. Come within 22 km of the island.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry regularly reports on the activities of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) warships and aircraft near the island, and on Saturday eight Chinese military planes crossed the so-called “Central Line.” ”Of the Taiwan Strait and was spotted at a distance of 44 kilometers from the island.
“If the PLA continues to ignore our warnings and continue to invade our airspace and seas, we will fight back to protect national security,” Lin said.
Taiwan has been self-governing since 1949, but Beijing considers the island its province. In addition, China opposes any official foreign relations with Taipei and considers China’s sovereignty over the island to be indisputable.
The latest tensions around Taiwan erupted in April after President Tsai Ing-wen met with US Congressman Kevin McCarthy.
Beijing responded with three days of large-scale military exercises near the island in what it called a warning to Taiwan separatists and foreign powers.