Taiwan reports surge in Chinese air force activity after carrier passes by

Taiwan's defence ministry said it had detected 66 Chinese military aircraft operating around the island.

Published - July 11, 2024 07:53 am IST - TAIPEI

File picture of a J-15 Chinese fighter jet preparing to take off from the Shandong aircraft carrier. The Chinese carrier Shandong passed close to the Philippines on its way to the Pacific exercises, Taiwan’s defence minister said on Wednesday.

File picture of a J-15 Chinese fighter jet preparing to take off from the Shandong aircraft carrier. The Chinese carrier Shandong passed close to the Philippines on its way to the Pacific exercises, Taiwan’s defence minister said on Wednesday. | Photo Credit: AP

Taiwan's defence ministry on Thursday reported detecting a surge of Chinese military aircraft operating around the island, after a Chinese aircraft carrier passed by to the south of Taiwan on the way to drills in the Pacific.

Taiwan, which China views as its own territory, has complained of repeated Chinese military activity over the past four years as Beijing seeks to pressure the democratically-governed island.

The Chinese carrier the Shandong passed close to the Philippines on its way to the Pacific exercises, Taiwan's defence minister said on Wednesday.

In its daily update on Chinese military activity over the past 24 and released on Thursday morning, Taiwan's defence ministry said it had detected 66 Chinese military aircraft operating around the island.

Of those, 39 passed to the south and southeast of Taiwan, the ministry said, having previously said it had detected 36 aircraft heading to the Western Pacific to carry out drills with the Chinese aircraft carrier the Shandong.

China's defence ministry has not responded to requests for comment on the Shandong's activities.

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