All of the aircraft operated in airspace southwest of Taiwan, between Taiwan and the Taiwanese-held Pratas Islands, Focus Taiwan said.A file photo of two People’s Liberation Army’s Jian-16 fighter jets. Taiwan reported that 14 such aircraft were part of an incursion into the island’s airspace on Monday. (Photo: South China Morning Post)
There was no immediate comment from China’s defense ministry. Beijing routinely says such exercises are nothing unusual and are designed to show the country’s determination to defend its sovereignty.
Though they have occurred on almost a daily basis since mid-September 2020, when Taiwan's defense agency began to make public such missions, it has only been recently that Beijing has deployed double-digit numbers of aircraft into the ADIZ in a single day.
It was unclear why Beijing deployed so many military aircraft to the area on Monday, but it coincided with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken's warning to Beijing on its "increasingly aggressive actions" directed against Taiwan.
A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft carrier task group was training in the east of Taiwan island as at least 10 PLA warplanes appeared in the west of the island in a routine exercise on Monday, indicating to "cut off foreign intervention" and "break Taiwan secessionists' illusion that US or Japanese forces could come to their aid if circumstances arise," said Global Times.