Taipei: On Thursday, China sent 19 fighter planes towards Taiwan to show its strength. Earlier, the self-governing island had announced that it intended to join the 11-member Pacific Trade Group, in which China has also applied to join. Taiwan’s defense ministry said in a statement that the island had deployed air patrol forces in response to Chinese aircraft.
Among the Chinese aircraft were 12 J-16s and two J-11s and bombers and one anti-submarine aircraft. China has been sending its fighter planes towards Taiwan almost every day this year. China has stepped up efforts to militarily threaten the self-governing island following political developments in Taiwan.
China considers these political developments an interference with its sovereignty. Taiwan and China separated during the civil war in 1949, but China claims Taiwan is part of it and opposes Taiwan’s participation in international institutions. Beijing also opposes Taiwan’s participation in international bodies.
Taiwan announced on Thursday that it has applied to join a “Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, sparking fears of another confrontation with Beijing. China’s military sent 18 planes to Taiwan last year after a top US diplomat visited the island and met with top government officials.
In fact, Taiwan has announced that it will become part of the 11-nation Pacific trade group. At the same time, China has also applied to join this group. Taiwan’s defense ministry said in a statement that air patrol forces were deployed in response to Chinese fighter jets and monitored through air defense systems. These fighters flew in an L-shape. Indeed, China believes that Taiwan’s joining the Pacific Trade Group is interfering with its sovereignty.