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Taiwan says it detected 26 aircraft, 10 PLA vessels close to its territory

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 05 Jun 2024, 07:29 am Print

Taiwan says it detected 26 aircraft, 10 PLA vessels close to its territory Taiwan-China

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Taiwan's Defence Ministry on Wednesday said it detected 26 airctafts and 10 Chinese People's Liberation Army vessels close to its territory.

"26 PLA aircraft and 10 PLAN vessels operating around Taiwan were detected up until 6 a.m … today [22:00 on Tuesday, GMT]. 19 of the aircraft crossed the median line and entered Taiwan's northern and southwestern ADIZ [air defense identification zone]," the ministry said on X.

The Chinese armed forces carried out comprehensive military drills around Taiwan last month, two days after the new head of the island's administration, Lai Ching-te, assumed office.

What is the basis of China’s claim over Taiwan?

The basis of China’s claim over Taiwan dates back to 1945 when Japan lost its control over the island in 1945,post-World War Two.

The 1949 Chinese civil war led to communists taking control and Chiang Kai-shek the one who lost fled to Taiwan. He ruled it for many decades. This is where China’s claim to Taiwan emanates.

The very fact that Chiang Kai-shek came to Taiwan and was not indigenous to the place is Taiwan’s argument against the claim.

Why is Taiwan important to China?

“A lot of things actually, which of course are related to Taiwan but not necessarily direct to Taiwan. It's more about (China's) relationship changing with the United States – or we should say Western Countries, mainly the United States and China. Taiwan then happens to become a key player and main actor in this dynamics,” said Alice.

100 miles from the coast of China, Taiwan is an island, that is located in the “first island chain,” this positioning makes it crucial to the US foreign policy.

US-Sino relations hinge on, ‘One China Policy,’ it acknowledges that, “there is only one Chinese Government." The US recognises its formal ties with China. With Taiwan the US shares independent strong “unofficial” relations.