China Has Sent Over 800 Flights Toward Taiwan Since Friday in Show of Force

In an alarming show of force and the largest on record, China flew 56 fighter planes toward Taiwan on Monday as part of a three-day campaign of sustained military harassment against the autonomous island.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said the 34 J-16 fighters jets and 12 H-6 bombers were included in the first sortie of 52 planes. Four more Chinese J-16s flew toward the southwestern part of Taiwan’s defense identification zone (TDIZ), which acts as a buffer outside a country’s airspace.

“We are very concerned that China is going to launch a war against Taiwan at some point, even though the threat may not be imminent at this point,” Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corp. broadcast on Monday.

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