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Taiwan warns China against flying fighter jets into its airspace

Taiwan on Thursday warned China not to fly fighter jets into Taiwan’s airspace. Taking to Twitter, Taiwan Vice President Lai Ching-te has stated that China ‘flew fighter jets into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone today’, warning China not to ‘cross the line’.

“Don’t cross the line. China again flew fighter jets into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone today. Make no mistake, Taiwan wants peace but we will defend our people,” tweeted Lai Ching-te.

According to media reports, Taiwan had in the past several times warned Chinese aircraft to stay out of Taiwan’s airspace.

Earlier in the day, Taiwan Defence Ministry had said that Chinese fighter jets entered Taiwan’s southwestern region for two consecutive days. The drills took place in Taiwan`s air defence identification zone, between mainland Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands, the ministry said. Taiwan says China sent advanced Su-30 and J-10 fighters to participate as per Reuters.

“Do not underestimate our determination and capacity to protect our country. PLA conducted military exercise in Taiwan southwestern ADIZ during these two days, threatening regional peace and aviation safety. Beijing should restrain PLA activities and maintain regional stability,” the Taiwan Defence Ministry tweeted.