Chinese planes and warships crossed the ‘midline’ of the Taiwan Strait on the second day of full-scale military exercises in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei. the island has defined the latest maneuvers as “highly provocative”. Starting at 11 local time, “More Chinese warplanes and warships conducted exercises around the Taiwan Strait and crossed the midline of the Strait,” the ministry said.
In particular, 22 Chinese military jets would have crossed the midline of the strait between Taiwan and China entering the airspace managed by the Taipei defense. The Taiwanese media reported this, citing military sources. These would be 12 Sukhoi Su-30 fighters, 8 Shenyang J-11 and 2 Shenyang J-16. In response, Taiwan took off some interceptors and activated missile defense systems.