Military Capabilities

Update: Taiwanese aircraft intercept Chinese fighters over Taiwan Strait

03 April 2019

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 31 March that it had scrambled several aircraft to intercept and drive away two Chinese fighters that had crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered the island's southwestern airspace.

The incident, which took place that same day at about 1100 h local time, was condemned by the MND in Taipei, which said China's move "seriously impacted regional safety and stability, and jeopardised the peace and well-being shared by all parties in the region".

Speaking at a military awards ceremony Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying, "Yesterday, Chinese military aircraft provoked us by violating the tacit agreement by crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait.

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