September 10, 2020 at 14:35 JST
A Taiwan Air Force F-16 fighter jet takes off from a closed section of highway during the annual Han Kuang military exercises in Chiayi, central Taiwan, on Sept. 16, 2014. (AP file photo)
TAIPEI--Chinese fighter jets approached Taiwan on Thursday for a second day in a row, the island’s defense ministry said, urging China to stop “destroying regional peace” in a further ratcheting up of tension across the sensitive Taiwan Strait.
China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has held numerous military exercises up and down its coast and near the island in recent weeks.
The defense ministry said Su-30 fighters and Y-8 transport aircraft were among the Chinese aircraft that entered Taiwan’s air identification zone to its southwest on Thursday morning.
“The Defense Ministry once again urged the Chinese Communist Party must not to repeatedly destroy regional peace and stability,” it said, adding that the action has triggered antipathy among the people of Taiwan.
Taiwan scrambled aircraft to intercept the Chinese planes, the ministry added, saying it was able to quickly track the “enemy’s movement.” China’s defense ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Taiwan has repeatedly complained that China, which has not ruled out the use of force to bring the democratic island under its control, has stepped up military threats in recent months as the world tackles the coronavirus pandemic.
Beijing routinely says such exercises are not unusual and are designed to show its determination to defend its sovereignty.
Taiwan is carrying out live-fire weapons tests off its southeast and eastern coast.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has warned of a rising risk of accidental conflict over in the disputed South China Sea and around Taiwan, saying communication must be maintained to cut the risk of miscalculation.
The Asahi Shimbun aims “to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” through its Gender Equality Declaration.
Let’s explore the Japanese capital from the viewpoint of wheelchair users and people with disabilities with Barry Joshua Grisdale.
This special page portrays the dramatic arrest of Carlos Ghosn and the twists and turns that followed.
This special page reviews what the former Nissan Motor Co. chairman left during his 19 years in Japan.
Baseball star Ichiro Suzuki had much to say on March 21, 2019, the day he hung up his spikes.
This special page details how journalists uncovered shady transactions through Bermuda and other tax havens.