In a recent escalation of tensions in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan detected the presence of 10 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft and four People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessels near its airspace and territorial waters by 6 a.m. (UTC+8) on Thursday.
The Republic of China (ROC) Armed Forces were quick to respond, closely monitoring the situation and taking immediate action to safeguard Taiwan’s sovereignty and security. In response to this provocative move by the PLA, the ROC deployed a range of assets, including Combat Air Patrol (CAP) aircraft, Navy vessels, and land-based missile systems.
Of particular concern was that two of the detected aircraft, identified as a BZK-005 UAV RECCE and a Y-8 ASW, had crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered the southwest Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) of Taiwan.
The situation underscores the ongoing tensions between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland.
10 PLA aircraft and 4 PLAN vessels around Taiwan were detected by 6 a.m.(UTC+8) today. #ROCArmedForces have monitored the situation and tasked CAP aircraft, Navy vessels, and land-based missile systems to respond. pic.twitter.com/RxtquNm5pP
— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) October 19, 2023
Taiwan remains vigilant and prepared to respond to any further provocations in the region, emphasizing its commitment to defending its territorial integrity and the safety of its people. This incident serves as a reminder of the complex dynamics and security challenges in the Taiwan Strait.