A Chinese J-16 fighter jet in October 2019 (Picture: Alamy).
A Chinese J-16 fighter jet in October 2019 (Picture: Alamy).
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China: Taiwan Says More Than 70 Chinese Planes Entered Its Airspace

The People's Liberation Army deployed 25 planes in the first manoeuvre.

A Chinese J-16 fighter jet in October 2019 (Picture: Alamy).
A Chinese J-16 fighter jet in October 2019 (Picture: Alamy).

Taiwan says nearly 60 Chinese aircraft have flown into its air defence zone in the last two days.

The democratically governed island, claimed by China, says these incidents are the latest in a string of incursions.

The Taiwanese Defence Ministry says it scrambled jets to warn off the 38 aircraft that came in two waves on Friday.

Missile systems were also deployed to monitor them.

On Saturday, 20 aircraft – all fighter jets apart from two anti-submarine planes – also flew into Taiwan's airspace. 

In a tweet, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense showed the flight paths of the first 25 aircraft belonging to the People's Liberation Army. 

Taiwan has rejected military and political pressure from China to accept Chinese sovereignty.

It says it is an independent country and will defend its freedom.

China has yet to comment.

This latest incursion comes just days after China strongly condemned Britain for sailing HMS Richmond, a Type 23 frigate, through the Taiwan Strait, saying it was acting out of 'evil intentions'.