Chinese Fighter Jets Conduct Demonstration With Taiwan, Fly ‘Far From’ Their Chinese Border

Taiwan scrambled fighters Friday in response to two Chinese F-16 jets flying within a half-mile of two of its fighter planes and computer centers while President Tsai Ing-wen and Premier William Lai were paying a visit to China. China’s national parliament chairman, Wang Qishan, told military leaders at a meeting Saturday that the incident was “extremely dangerous” and said China had demanded the U.S. send an ambassador to the island to enhance communication. Taiwan’s official news agency, CNA, said the incident occurred at 8 a.m. local time Friday in a mountainous region near the Fujian border, about 45 miles east of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei. The agency didn’t say what that was about. Xinhua, China’s official news agency, reported: “Japanese warplanes joined the bout, conducting simulated dogfights with China’s F-16 fighter jets to keep their distance from the Chinese side.” The F-16s came close enough to Taiwanese fighter planes that their radio systems failed to function and Taiwan responded by activating its own radar for the first time in a decade, Xinhua said. China responded by threatening to shoot down Taiwanese military aircraft “even if they fly far from the China side,” the agency said.

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