Taiwan claims to have tracked 36 Chinese military aircraft, 6 naval vessels in its territory.

Taiwan claims to have tracked 36 Chinese military aircraft, 6 naval vessels in its territory.

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) tracked 36 Chinese military aircraft and six naval vessels around Taiwan in a 24-hour period between Thursday and Friday.

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Taiwan claims to have tracked 36 Chinese military aircraft, 6 naval vessels in its territory.

Taipei: Taiwan claimed on Friday that it had tracked Chinese military aircraft and ships within its territory for a 24-hour period between Thursday and Friday. Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) tracked as many as 36 Chinese military aircraft and six naval vessels during the period, Taiwan News reported. People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft crossed the central line of the Taiwan Strait to the north, southwest and southeast.

In response, Taiwan sent aircraft and naval vessels and deployed a coast-based missile system to monitor PLA activities.

So far this month, the MND has tracked Chinese military aircraft 101 times and naval vessels 26 times. Since September 2020, China has increased its use of gray zone tactics by increasing the number of military aircraft and naval vessels operating around Taiwan, Taiwan News reported.
Gray zone tactics are defined as “an effort or series of efforts beyond steady-state deterrence and deterrence that seek to achieve one's security objectives without the direct and large-scale use of force.”

After China issued new legal guidelines threatening Taiwan's autonomy, officials once again attempted to threaten Taiwan's existence.
According to the latest judicial guidelines imposed by China, crimes of secession by Taiwanese separatists are punishable under Chinese law.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that the guidelines authorize the use of trials in absentia and even the death penalty for anyone claiming Taiwan's independence.

China has been pursuing aggressive and expansionist goals in Taiwan, an area it has virtually no control over. Surprisingly, Taiwan has remained free from Chinese control since its founding in 1949. A report by Human Rights Watch has highlighted fears about China's intimidating approach to Taiwan and its residents, as well as its growing efforts to curtail their basic rights.




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