China and Taiwan on the brink of war after 38 PLA fighter jets violate Taipei’s airspace

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Taiwan has an air defense identification zone which covers most of the Taiwan Strait including part of the Chinese province of Zhejiang, Fujian and Jinagxi. The incident occurred on October 1, the National Day of the People’s Republic of China.

The day marks the formation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) reports the 38 Chinese military aircraft had violated Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ).

The MND released reports of 18 Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, four SU-30 jets, two Xian H-6 bombers, and one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare (Y-8 ASW) plane which entered the southwest of Taiwan’s ADIZ.

China sees Taiwan as a province of their territory, despite many Taiwan residents seeking independence for the island.

Taiwan is mainly accepted as an independent state due to having its own constitution and democratically-elected leaders.

However, its current political status still remains unclear.

Taiwan opposes Chinese reunification and rule from Beijing.

However, President Xi Jinping in China has previously expressed his aims to annex the island by suggesting there is “no room for any form of Taiwan independence.”

Dr Nick Bisley, from La Trobe University in Australia said: “Xi Jinping has made a very public and very clear signal that says Taiwan is not a problem that will be passed down to the next generation.”

In August America was involved in a $750 million (£540million) arms sale to Taiwan.

The US deal is part of their plan to contain what the US see as Chinese expansionism.

Before this incident on October 1 the record number of aircraft entering the ADIZ zone was 28 Chinese military planes on June 15.

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Other incidents have occurred this year on April 12, April 24 and September 23.

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