China claims U.S. maritime plane in the Taiwan Strait is disturbing the peace.
The recent purposeful disruption of the regional situation by a U.S. maritime jet as it flew over the Taiwan Strait, according to China’s military on Saturday, but peace and stability at peril.
The People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command spokesperson, Colonel Shi Yi, said in a statement that the military had organized air and ground units to monitor the U.S. aircraft’s activity on Friday.
He continued by saying that they vehemently opposed the American operations and that their forces were still on high alert.
The American navy did not immediately answer an inquiry for comment.
Since the defeated Republic of China government retreated to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war with the communists, who founded the People’s Republic of China, the Taiwan Strait has been a regular source of military conflict.
Taiwan Strait is a waterway that separates the island from China, according to the United States and Taiwan. However, China has said in the past that it has sovereignty and authority over the area.
The latest incident of strait tension occurred after Taiwan claimed on Thursday that it had sent out planes to warn off 22 Chinese aircraft that had entered its air defense zone, the second such infringement noted this week.
Taiwan, which China claims as its territory, has recently protested frequent Chinese air force operations close to the democratically run island, often in the southwest corner of its air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.
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