China Sends Dozens of Warplanes Towards Taiwan in Bold Display Ahead of Planned Military Drills

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 07/23/2023
The island's Defense Ministry reported on Saturday that China had sent dozens of warplanes, including fighter jets and bombers, toward Taiwan. This was a bold display just days before the democracy planned to conduct military drills to prepare for an invasion.

Next week, Taiwan's military will conduct combat readiness drills for preventing an invasion as part of the annual Han Kuang exercise. Additionally, it will carry out the yearly Wan'an drills, which simulate evacuations in the event of an air raid and are intended to prepare civilians for natural disasters.

Between 6 a.m. on Friday and 6 a.m. on Saturday, the Chinese People's Liberation Army sent 37 aircraft and seven navy vessels over Taiwan, the ministry reported. Among them were J-10 and J-16 fighters and H-6 bombers, and 22 of the detected warplanes entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone near its southern part or crossed the Taiwan Strait's midline, an unofficial boundary that had previously been thought of as a buffer between the island and the mainland, according to the statement.

After a civil war that left the mainland under the control of the governing Communist Party, Taiwan and China split in 1949. Although the island has never been a part of the PRC, Beijing insists that it must reunite with the mainland.

China has increased the number of military planes it has sent toward Taiwan in recent years in response to political activity on the island.


In retaliation for former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's August trip to Taiwan, China conducted extensive military exercises. In a significant escalation, it launched missiles over the island, disrupting trade routes in the Taiwan Strait and forcing aircraft to change course.

In response to Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen meeting with the current speaker of the US House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, in April, the PLA also conducted extensive combat readiness drills in the air and on the sea near the island.

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