“The aircraft’s flight through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere permitted by international law,” the 7th Marine Fleet said in a statement.
A US Navy plane flew over the Taiwan Strait. China has picked up the fighter jets
Shi Yi, spokesman for the Eastern Theater of Operations of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, said that the Chinese side “It maintains a high level of alert at all times and is committed to defending sovereignty and national security as well as peace and stability in the region.”Adding that the army sent its fighters to track the flight of the American plane.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said its forces were monitoring a US plane flying south through the strait and described the situation as “normal.”
Presidential elections in Taiwan. “The choice between war and peace”
China has repeatedly protested the presence of US ships and aircraft in the disputed South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. Over the past four years, since Tsai Ing-wen took office, the Chinese military has intensified its activity around Taiwan. The authorities in Beijing, which consider Taiwan a rebellious province, do not recognize the democratically elected government in Taipei and do not rule out the use of force to control the island.
Taiwan is currently campaigning in preparation for presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for January 13, which China has described as presidential and parliamentary elections. “The choice between war and peace.”
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