Saturday morning saw the Chinese-Taiwanese tensions cross another threshold as Chinese military aircraft and ships carried out attack simulation exercises towards Taiwan's main island, Reuters reported Taiwan's defence ministry as saying in a statement.
The presence of several batches of Chinese aircraft was detected in the Taiwan Strait with some crossing the median line, the ministry said.
The ministry went on to say that Taiwan’s army dealt with the situation by using air reconnaissance patrol forces, naval ships and shore-based missiles, as well as broadcasting a warning. No information about fighting was immediately available and it seems no military engagement took place.
Multiple PLA craft were detected around Taiwan Strait, some have crossed the median line. Possible simulated attack against HVA. #ROCArmedForces have utilized alert broadcast, aircraft in CAP, patrolling naval vessels, and land-based missile systems in response to this situation.— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) August 6, 2022
The recent coercion from PRC's drills around us aimed to change the status quo of Taiwan Strait, violated our sovereignty, and caused tension in the Indo-Pacific region. #ROCArmedForces seek no escalation, but we succumb to no challenges and respond with reason. pic.twitter.com/o7ehFqAGNG— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. ���� (@MoNDefense) August 5, 2022