tirsdag 11. februar 2020

Taiwan scrambles jet fighters after Chinese aircraft enter airspace

Taiwan has scrambled fighter jets after Chinese military aircraft briefly entered its airspace, the first major incursion since the island’s Beijing-wary president was re-elected in January. Taiwan’s defence ministry said on Monday that Chinese H-6 bombers and accompanying aircraft briefly crossed over a “median line” in the Taiwanstrait.

The Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, castigated Beijing for taking “meaningless and unnecessary” military moves at a time when it should be containing a deadly coronavirus outbreak. The virus, which emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has killed more than 900 people and has spread to Taiwan and other parts of the world.