Eight Chinese Fighter Jets Cross Taiwan Strait : Explore the latest tensions as Taiwan reports multiple airspace violations by Chinese fighter jets, including J-10, J-11, and J-16 models, crossing the median line in the Taiwan Strait. The article details the ongoing military activities, concerns expressed by Taiwan’s defense ministry, and the detection of a Chinese weather-monitoring balloon. Stay informed on the escalating geopolitical situation in the region amid China’s increased missions near Taiwan ahead of the upcoming January 13 elections.
Eight Chinese Fighter Jets Cross Taiwan Strait : The defense ministry of Taiwan reported on Sunday that, within the preceding 24 hours, eight Chinese fighter jets, including J-10, J-11, and J-16 models, breached the median line in the Taiwan Strait. Simultaneously, one Chinese balloon was detected. Over the past four years, Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has consistently expressed concerns about Chinese military activities in the region. With the approaching January 13 presidential and parliamentary elections in Taiwan, China has escalated its operations near the island.
Taiwan’s defense ministry highlighted that the Chinese fighter jets trespassed the median line at various points to the north and center of the strait. Although historically serving as an unofficial boundary, Chinese planes now routinely traverse this line. In response, Taiwan deployed its own forces for monitoring purposes.
Furthermore, the ministry reported the presence of another Chinese balloon in the strait, part of a series that Taiwan believes is primarily for weather monitoring, influenced by prevailing winds during this season. This particular balloon was observed crossing the median line on a Saturday morning, 97 nautical miles (180 km) northwest of Keelung, at an altitude of approximately 20,000 feet (6,100 meters). The balloon proceeded eastward and vanished about an hour later.
The potential use of balloons by China for espionage gained international attention in February when the United States claimed to have shot down a Chinese surveillance balloon. China insisted that the balloon was a civilian craft that had accidentally drifted off course.