Taiwan said on Sunday that dozens of Chinese military aircraft entered its air defense zone, according to Taiwan News.
The breach occurred just three days after a bipartisan group of five U.S. lawmakers visited Taiwan on Thanksgiving Day.
“The island democracy’s Ministry of National Defense said it scrambled combat patrol aircraft, issued radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to drive away the intruders,” The Washington Examiner reported.
“Among the 27 Chinese aircraft detected was a Xi’an Y-20U aerial tanker, which Taiwan News reported was possibly the first time a Chinese refueling mission was conducted in Taiwan’s air defense identification zone. The other aircraft reported by Taiwanese officials were 18 fighters jets and five nuclear-capable H-6 bombers,” it added.
China has continued to flex its strength against Taiwan throughout 2021. Taiwan exists as an independent democracy from China, but China has continued attempts to bring it under communist control.
In October, the Wall Street Journal revealed a small number of U.S. troops have been in Taiwan for more than a year to help equip Taiwan’s forces.
U.S. troops have been in Taiwan for at least a year secretly training its military, officials say, as concern over potential Chinese aggression mounts https://t.co/pNuMXXZMmE
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) October 7, 2021
The conflict will likely continue, forcing the U.S. and other nations to decide to what degree they are willing to oppose China and support Taiwan.