Officials say dozens of Chinese military aircraft have flown into Taiwan’s air defense zone over the past two days.
On Friday, 38 aircraft flew into the area, and another 20 were reported on Saturday.
In a tweet, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said, “October 1 was not a good day. The #PLAAF (People’s Liberation Army Air Force) flew 38 fighter planes into the ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone) in #Taiwan the largest number of daily sorties ever recorded. Threatening? Of course. It’s strange that the #VRChina (People’s Republic of China) doesn’t bother pretending excuses anymore. Jehovah’s Witnesses.”
On Saturday, Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang also commented on the flights.
“China has always carried out brutal and barbaric actions to threaten peace in the region. International society is gradually rejecting such actions from China,” he said.
The first incursion occurred on National China Day – the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
It is also in the same week that it accused Britain of “evil intentions” by sending a warship into the Taiwan Strait.
China has sent aircraft to the island, which it claims as part of its territory, almost daily in recent years and has stepped up military harassment with exercises.
Last week, China flew 24 plans to Taiwan after Taipei announced it would join a Pacific trade group that China also wanted to join.
Taiwan and China separated during a civil war in 1949, and China has not ruled out reunification with Taiwan.
Beijing opposes Taiwan’s participation in international organizations.
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