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World Taiwan tells China to 'back off' as airspace 'incursions' rise

11:45  22 september  2020
11:45  22 september  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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  US sends top-level diplomat to Taiwan, angering China A top US diplomat landed in Taiwan Thursday, the highest-ranking State Department official to visit in 40 years, in a further sign of Washington's willingness to defy China and its campaign to isolate the self-ruled island. It described him as the highest-ranking State Department official to visit Taiwan since 1979, when Washington switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing from Taipei. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will host a dinner for the US delegation on Friday.

It was China ’s second incursion into Taiwan ’s airspace in two days, the previous one being conducted on September 18, 2020, when a group of no less than 18 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwanese air space in a similar manner. READ MORE

Defence ministry says it reserves right to act in self-defence and launch a counter-attack but will not allow conflict to escalate. The guidance comes after PLA warplanes crossed an unofficial dividing line in the Taiwan Strait last week.

Tsai Ing-wen standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen praised on Tuesday the 'heroic performance' of air force pilots who have been intercepting Chinese jets that approach the island [Sam Yeh/AFP] © [Sam Yeh/AFP] Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen praised on Tuesday the 'heroic performance' of air force pilots who have been intercepting Chinese jets that approach the island [Sam Yeh/AFP]

Taiwan on Tuesday demanded that China "back off" and accused it of threatening peace, after recent incursions and a Beijing official openly rejecting a largely respected marine boundary.

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu urged Beijing to "return to the civilised international standards" after a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said there was no so-called median line in the Taiwan Strait "as Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory".

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China 's military drills near Taiwan on two consecutive days this week was "completely inappropriate," said a U.S. State Department official on Wednesday. "It was completely inappropriate of China to take such an aggressive act," Cooper added. On Monday, Chinese jets crossed an unofficial middle

A military commentator told Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times that the drills were "to warn Taiwan secessionists and also demonstrate the PLA's capability to solve the Taiwan question by force", referring to China 's military. China sees Taiwan as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force

The tension between China and the island Beijing claims as its own is at its highest in years, with Taiwanese fighter jets scrambling to intercept the Chinese aircraft last week.

"The median line has been a symbol of preventing military conflicts and maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait for many years," Wu told reporters.

"The Chinese foreign ministry's comment is equivalent of destroying the status quo."

"I call on the international community to condemn the CCP for its dangerous and provocative words and deeds threatening peace... China must back off," he added in a social media post.

The latest development comes as Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen praised on Tuesday the "heroic performance" of air force pilots who have been intercepting the Chinese jets that have approached the island.

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Chinese Warplanes Cross Taiwan Airspace . China is ratcheting up the risk of military confrontation in the Taiwan Strait, as Beijing seeks to Such military incursions can help planners learn about a target’s defense capabilities, divert attention from an actual strike or put political pressure on a rival.

TAIWAN has threatened to attack the next Chinese warplane that crosses into its airspace just Taiwan then flew its own fighter jets out to ward off the Chinese planes, which came within about 185 But Beijing views Taiwan as a renegade province of China that must be brought back into the

"I have a lot of confidence in you. As soldiers of the Republic of China, how could we let enemies strut around in our own airspace?" Tsai said, using Taiwan's formal name, as she visited a major military base in Penghu.

'Almost daily incursions'

The base, now home to F-CK-1 Ching-Kuo - aircraft commonly known as Indigenous Defence Fighters (IDF) first entered into service in 1997 - is at the front line of Taiwan's response to Chinese military intrusions.

On Tuesday, Wang Chia-chu, one of the senior officers of the "Heavenly Colt" IDF squadron, told Reuters once Chinese aircraft were spotted they had just five minutes to scramble their fighters.

"We will defend our airspace in real-time as long as there's a threat," Wang said.

Another senior officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the news agency that the IDFs were now scrambling "almost every day" as a result of the rising tension.

China 'must back off', says Taiwan

  China 'must back off', says Taiwan Taiwan on Tuesday demanded that China "back off" and accused it of threatening peace, after a Beijing official rejected a largely respected marine boundary following recent incursions. Beijing has ratcheted up pressure on the democratic island since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, who rejects its view that Taiwan is part of "one China".Foreign minister Joseph Wu urged Beijing to "return to the civilised international standards" after a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said there was no so-called median line in the Taiwan Strait "as Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory".

China 's military sent fighter jets, bombers and surveillance aircraft to patrol the self-governed island of Taiwan on Monday. The "island encirclement patrol" took place after a senior Chinese diplomat threatened that Beijing would invade Taiwan if any U.S. warships made port visits there.

The flyover comes after China held back - to - back air drills near Taiwan this week. Chinese military expert Song Zhongping told Global Times that the demonstrations “are not only warnings to China last made a “deep incursion ” across the strait’s middle line in 2019 but hadn’t done so for 20 years

China considers Taiwan part of its territory, to be taken by force if necessary, even though the island has been self-ruled for more than 70 years.

Beijing has ratcheted up pressure on the democratic island since the 2016 election of President Tsai who rejects its view that Taiwan is part of "one China".

Last year, Taiwan accused China of violating a long-held tacit agreement after its fighter jets - for the first time in years - crossed the median line of the waters that separate the two sides.

Washington's increased outreach to Taiwan under President Donald Trump has become another flashpoint with Beijing, as the US and China clash over a range of trade and security issues, as well as the coronavirus pandemic.

In recent months Taiwan has reported a sharp rise in incursions by Chinese warplanes into its air defence identification zone.

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