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7 Chinese naval ships, 5 military aircraft detected around Taiwan

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NEW DELHI: Taiwan has claimed that it detected seven Chinese naval vessels and five military aircraft operating around the island on Sunday around 6 am, reported Taiwan News.
According to Taiwan’s MND, one of the PLA aircraft entered Taiwan’s Southwest Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). Taiwan’s armed forces have monitored the situation and deployed appropriate forces to respond.
It is reported that Taiwan’s defence ministry on March 24 witnessed an increase in Chinese military presence around the nation with the MND detecting eight Chinese naval vessels and six Chinese military aircraft operating around the nation.
In a statement, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence stated, “6 PLA aircraft and 8 PLAN vessels operating around Taiwan were detected up until 6 a.m. (UTC+8) today. 1 of the aircraft entered Taiwan’s southwestern ADIZ. ROC Armed Forces have monitored the situation and employed CAP aircraft, Navy vessels, and coastal missile systems in response to the detected activities.”
According to Taiwan News, so far this month, Taiwan has tracked Chinese military aircraft 301 times and naval vessels 165 times. Since September 2020, China has increased its use of gray zone tactics by incrementally increasing the number of military aircraft and naval ships operating around Taiwan.
China has reportedly stepped up its use of gray zone tactics near Taiwan since September 2020. Gray zone tactics involve actions aimed at achieving security goals without direct force. This includes an increase in military aircraft and naval presence around Taiwan by China.

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