Following a pair of airspace incursions on Sunday and Monday, Taiwan’s primary liaison with Beijing has protested the maneuvers as “provocative,” saying they endanger the region’s peace and welfare.
On Monday, F-16 fighters from the Republic of China Air Force intercepted several Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6 bombers that briefly crossed into Taiwanese airspace. The incident occurred in the Bashi Channel, a waterway that forms part of the Luzon Strait separating Taiwan and the Philippines.
It was the second such incident in as many days, following a much larger incursion as part of an “island encirclement” drill by Chinese jets.
“Our air force scrambled fighter jets to shadow, intercept and disperse the communist warplanes through radio broadcasting,” Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said on Monday, according to the South China Morning Post. “The military has full surveillance and control of the communist long-haul training activities and the public can rest assured of our capability to uphold security or our national territory.”
The ministry released a photo showing one of its F-16 Falcon fighter jets escorting a PLAAF H-6 bomber, Beijing’s primary strategic bomber, based on the Soviet Union’s Tu-16 Badger nuclear bomber. According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, the scrambled jets carried live missiles.
On Sunday, a much larger flight featuring the PLAAF’s H-6 bombers as well as J-11 fighter jets and…