Taiwan Detects 21 Chinese Military Aircraft and 15 Ships in 24 Hours

Taiwan's president said yesterday that he is ready to cooperate with China, but regardless, China continues to put pressure on the authorities in Taiwan

by Sededin Dedovic
Taiwan Detects 21 Chinese Military Aircraft and 15 Ships in 24 Hours
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The Taiwanese military detected 21 Chinese military aircraft and 15 ships around the island in the past 24 hours, authorities in Taipei announced this morning. Ten Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone.

China conducted military exercises around Taiwan on Thursday and Friday, protesting a speech by Taiwan's new president, Lai Ching-te, which it deems separatist. Taiwan condemned the new Chinese military exercises around the island, which began a few days after the president's inauguration.

Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te expressed today his readiness to cooperate with China to achieve "mutual understanding and reconciliation," two days after the end of Chinese military maneuvers around Taiwan. During a gathering organized by his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Lai said that his inaugural speech on Monday reminded everyone that "peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait are essential elements for global security and prosperity." "I also called on China to take important responsibility for regional stability together with Taiwan.

I also look forward to enhancing mutual understanding and reconciliation through exchange and cooperation with China... and moving toward a stance of joint peace and prosperity," Lai said today. He was inaugurated as Taiwan's president on Monday, under the watchful eye of Beijing, which considers the island one of its provinces, not yet reunited with its territory since the end of the Chinese Civil War.

China conducted 48-hour military maneuvers around Taiwan on Thursday and Friday in protest of the new Taiwanese president's speech, which it considers separatist. With the military exercises that are so widely covered by the media, China wants not only to show its displeasure towards Taipei, but also to dissuade other countries from cooperating with the island, in order to further isolate it.

China views Taiwan as one of its provinces, which it has not yet managed to annex since the end of the Chinese Civil War and the communist takeover in 1949. Beijing calls for "peaceful" reunification with the territory of 23 million inhabitants, governed by a democratic system, but does not rule out the use of force if the island moves towards independence.