China Holds Naval Drills Near Taiwan, Sends Aircraft after US Visit

Chinese military forces hold exercises and deployed aircraft to the Taiwanese Strait following a visit by a U.S. congressional delegation to Taiwan.

The delegation reportedly arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday onboard a C-40 Clipper jet which departed from the Philippines. 

According to the Taiwanese Defense Ministry, one Shaanxi Y-8 tactical reconnaissance aircraft (Y-8 RECCE), one Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft (Y-8 ASW), and four Shenyang J-16 fighter jets following the sudden US diplomatic visit. 

China’s Defense Ministry also announced that they had launched a  “joint war preparedness patrol” by the Eastern Theater Command in response to the US’ alleged aggression. 

“Taiwan is a sacred and indivisible part of Chinese territory, this action of the U.S. side grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, seriously jeopardized China’s territorial sovereignty and severely threatened peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, Spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MND). 

The U.S. however defended that the visit was a “congressional delegation,” and that those may be conducted using military aircraft. 

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