South China Sea: War fears surge as Beijing fighter jets enter airspace of US ally Taiwan
Four J-16s and four JH-7s, along with an electronic warfare aircraft, flew close to the Pratas Islands in the southwestern part its air space. In response to the incursion, Taiwan’s airforce activated its missile system, and issued radio warnings, according to the Defence Ministry. Chinese fighter jets regularly violate Taiwan’s airspace with their incursions.
Beijing says it is responding to what is believes is “collusion” between Taipei and Washington.
Like most countries, the US has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but is the island’s most powerful international backer and supplier of weapons.
The Biden administration has pledged to continue giving “rock solid” support for Taiwan.