30 Chinese military planes detected around Taiwan within 24 hours


New Delhi: Taiwan on Wednesday reported that 30 Chinese military aircraft were detected around the island within a 24-hour time frame.
China maintains its stance on Taiwan as part of its territory and does not rule out the use of force to assert control over the island.
The Taiwan Defense Ministry indicated that 20 aircraft entered the island's Designated Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
In response to the discovered activities, Taiwan's armed forces “monitored the situation and employed (patrol) aircraft, naval shipsand coastal missile systems”.
Last month, Taiwan recorded 36 Chinese warplanes circling around the island within a 24-hour period, the highest daily count this year.
The increase in these activities follows a trend identified by experts as “grey zone” actions, which fall short of direct acts of war.
These actions have significantly intensified since the election of President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016, who maintains Taiwan's stance as “already independent”, a position considered unacceptable by Beijing.
China's military deployment around Taiwan occurs almost daily, with an increase in balloon flights over the island.
In the recent presidential election held on January 13, Taiwan's Vice President Lai Ching-te, who was not Beijing's favorite, emerged victorious. Lai is set to take office on May 20, along with Vice President-elect Hsiao Bi-khim of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
The issue of Taiwan figured prominently in the discussion between US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping during a recent call on Tuesday.
Biden stressed the importance of maintaining “peace and stability” across the Taiwan Strait ahead of Lai's inauguration, as the White House said.
Xi reiterated to Biden that Taiwan remains “an unassailable red line” for Beijing, Chinese state media reported.
Despite the United States transferring recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979, it remains an important partner for Taiwan.
In 1979, the US Congress passed legislation to provide weapons to Taiwan for self-defense purposes and to ensure diplomatic treatment for Taiwan's representatives in the United States.
China avoids establishing ties with countries that recognize Taiwan and in recent years has stepped up efforts to isolate Taipei diplomatically.
(with AFP inputs)

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