In the context of tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, China’s protests over the US Navy’s P-8 Poseidon flying into the Taiwan Strait during military exercises by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army have been announced.. These activities by the Chinese armed forces are daily activities, with the aim of investigating response times and defense capabilities and Taiwanese forces, venturing into the so-called Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ, for its English acronym) designated by the island government.
Protests by government authorities and the Chinese armed forces centered on a flight centered on a US Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft.which carried out navigation in the international airspace of the Taiwan Strait last Thursday, while intensive activity was recorded by the combat aviation of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and Navy.
This is how Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense was able to report, through its official networks, that on July 13, at least 30 military aircraft were registered in the ADIZ, along with 9 ships of the People’s Air Force and Navy. Taiwan army. Specifically, the official account added that with regard to the aerial component of the activity, the presence of anti-submarine fighter jets, aircraft and helicopters has been verified with the following numbers: 6 Su-30, 2 J-11, 7 J-16, 1 Y-8, 1 Z-9. Take flights crossing the middle line of the Taiwan Strait and take flights in the southeast direction of the ADIZ.
The presence of a US P-8 in the area sparked a quick response from the aforementioned authorities and Asian Giant’s semi-official media, who dubbed the plane “spy”, and asserting that it was discovered by the media and personnel associated with the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.
“Troops from the PLA’s Eastern Theater Command tracked and monitored the US aircraft throughout the course, and handled them in accordance with laws and regulations.Colonel Shi Yi said in a statement.
For its part, the Seventh Fleet of the US Navy confirmed this fact with an official statement. Expressing in this regard that the flight of the P-8 aircraft took place in the international airspace of the Taiwan Strait, in compliance with existing international regulations,.
“A US Navy P-8A Poseidon crossed the Taiwan Strait in international airspace on July 13 (local time). By operating within the Taiwan Strait in accordance with international law, the United States supports the navigational rights and freedoms of all nations.The above statement reads.
In addition to that:The aircraft’s transit through the Taiwan Strait signifies the United States’ commitment to creating a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows“.
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