Reuters TIRONE SIU
The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense announced that its air forces were alerted for the second day in a row, in response to Chinese maneuvers near disputed islands under Taiwan’s control in the South China Sea.
The ministry said that its air force was on alert, warning Chinese aircraft to leave and deploying missile systems to monitor the activities of Chinese forces.
The ministry added that it had tracked 11 Chinese aircraft, including fighters and bombers, that flew today near the islands, noting that the Chinese naval forces also participated in these exercises, but did not provide details.
Beijing, which considers Taiwan to be a Chinese territory, has carried out frequent sorties in the southwestern corner of a Taiwanese air defense zone in recent months, most of them near the Pratas Islands.
On Friday, 9 aircraft of the Chinese Air Force flew in the same area.