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    Chinese “planes and warships” crossed the “median line” of the Taiwan Strait

    The question of crossing the line is sensitive because the Taiwan Strait is narrow. These incursions increase the risk of accidental armed confrontation.

    Chinese “planes and warships” have crossed the “median line” of the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from mainland China, the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense said on Friday, denouncing military exercises “highly provocative” from Beijing.

    “Starting at 11 a.m., multiple groups of Chinese warplanes and warships conducted drills around the Taiwan Strait and crossed the middle line of the strait,” the defense ministry said in a statement. .

    Gigantic Chinese maneuvers

    “This Chinese military exercise, whether launching ballistic missiles or deliberately crossing the middle line of the strait, is a highly provocative act,” the ministry said.

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    Since Thursday, China has been organizing gigantic maneuvers, mobilizing air, navy and ballistic missiles, in six maritime sectors all around Taiwan in response to the visit to the island this week by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. United Nancy Pelosi.

    An unofficial border between Taiwan and mainland China, the median line was once tacitly respected by both armies and it was rare for Chinese military planes or ships to cross it. But Chinese incursions have multiplied since Beijing declared in 2020 that this unofficial border no longer existed.

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    Separated by only 130 km

    The question of crossing the line is sensitive because the Taiwan Strait is narrow – only 130 km in places – and incursions increase the risk of accidental armed confrontation.

    In recent years, however, Beijing has been making more and more incursions, mostly warplane flights, into the southwest of Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) – a much larger area. than the territorial airspace of the island.

    Taipei reported a spike of 49 Chinese aerial incursions into its ADIZ on Wednesday and Thursday, including 44 beyond the midline.

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    Source: BFM TV

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