Chinese military says US plane in Taiwan Strait endangers peace

Chinese and Taiwanese printed flags are seen in this illustration taken April 28, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

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SHANGHAI, June 25 (Reuters) – The Chinese military said on Saturday that the recent overflight of a US maritime plane in the Taiwan Strait had deliberately disrupted the regional situation and endangered peace and stability.

Colonel Shi Yi, spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command, said in a statement that the military had organized air and ground forces to monitor the operation of the US aircraft, which had took place on Friday.

He added that they strongly oppose the actions of the United States and that their troops remain on high alert.

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The US Navy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Taiwan Strait has been a frequent source of military tension since the defeated Republic of China government fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war with the Communists, who established the People’s Republic of China.

China has previously said it has sovereignty and jurisdiction over the Taiwan Strait while the United States and Taiwan claim the strait separating the island from China is an international waterway.

The latest tension over the strait comes after Taiwan said on Thursday it had dispatched jets to warn 22 Chinese aircraft in its air defense zone, the second large-scale incursion reported during the week.

Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has complained in recent years of repeated Chinese air force missions near the democratically-ruled island, often in the southwestern part of its zone of control. air defense identification, or ADIZ, near the Taiwan-controlled area. Pratas Islands.

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Reporting by Brenda Goh and Ella Cao; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Taipei; Editing by Michael Perry

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