Nine Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone on Sunday, according to a statement from the Taiwanese defense ministry.
“Today, from 7.00 a.m., we detected PLA aircraft (including SU-30, J-10, KJ-500, Y-8, Y-9 and others), nine of which crossed the median line and entered the northern and southwestern identification zone of our Air defense,” the department said in a statement.
The situation around Taiwan deteriorated significantly after the visit of then-Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to the island in early August 2022. China, which considers the island one of its provinces, condemned Pelosi’s visit, seeing in this step US support for Taiwanese separatism, and held large-scale military exercises.
Official relations between the central government of the PRC and its island province were interrupted in 1949 after the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, defeated in the civil war with the Communist Party of China, moved to Taiwan. Business and informal contacts between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. Since the early 1990s, the parties began to contact through non-governmental organizations – the Beijing Association for the Development of Relations across the Taiwan Strait and the Taipei Cross-Strait Exchange Foundation.