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Taiwan reports year-high number of Chinese jets around shores

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said on Friday it had recorded 36 Chinese warplanes in Taiwan’s airspace within 24 hours.

The figure represents the highest number of Chinese daily sorties so far in 2024.

Thirteen of the detected aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered Taiwan’s northern and south-western airspace, according to the ministry.

The ministry said it had also detected six Chinese Navy vessels.

Taiwan had directed combat air patrol aircraft, navy vessels, and land-based missile systems to respond to the activities, the ministry said.

Taiwan regularly reports such actions by Chinese forces.

Before Friday, this year’s record number of Chinese aircraft daily sorties, 33, was detected shortly after Taiwan held its democratic presidential and legislative elections in January.

On Thursday, the ministry reported that it detected 32 Chinese military aircraft in Taiwan’s airspace within 24 hours.

Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949, but China considers the self-ruled democracy part of its territory. (dpa/NAN)

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