China sent two military surveillance planes towards Taiwan for three days in a row, which Taiwan called “deliberate provocation,” according to The Associated Press.
“We oppose China using military force against Taiwan, deliberately violating Taiwan’s naval and airspace safety and damaging the status quo,” Chiu Chui-Cheng, deputy minister at Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, added, according to the AP.
“Our government will continue to cooperate with countries with similar values,” Chiu continued.
China recently sent dozens of warplanes across the Taiwan Strait during a U.S. State Department official’s visit to the small country, according to the AP. Taiwan’s defense ministry said the planes went beyond the strait’s midline, the AP reported. (RELATED: China Flies Jets Over Taiwan During US Envoy’s Visit)
Taiwan’s Air Force does not give in to threats or military provocation. Our men and women in uniform have the will & ability to defend #Taiwan & are not intimidated by #PRC intrusions in our airspace. We are dedicated to maintaining peace & stability in the region. pic.twitter.com/71JsvhR6YE
— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) September 22, 2020
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Monday that Taiwan is a part of China and that the midline does not exist, according to the AP. Wang criticized the U.S. official’s visit saying, “We will take countermeasures, including against relevant individuals.”
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