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Taiwan urges China to stop 'destructive' military sorties as tensions mount

By Lily Kuo and Vic Chiang

18 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. China sent over 100 fighter jets and nine navy ships into the Taiwan Strait, on Monday marking the largest single-day incursion in three years. Taiwan's Defense Ministry reported that 40 of the aircraft had entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone.

TAIPEI, Taiwan - China sent more than 100 fighter jets and nine navy ships into the Taiwan Strait on Monday, marking the largest single-day incursion in three years as Beijing escalates its threats against the island democracy.

Taiwan's Defense Ministry said 103 Chinese military aircraft and nine navy vessels were detected near Taiwan as of 6 a.m. local time Monday. Forty of the aircraft had entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) by crossing the median line, an unofficial sea border between Taiwan and China that helped maintain stability for years in the 110-mile-wide strait.

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