Chinese planes approached closer than ever to Taiwanese airspace

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Arriving 24 miles from the coast, the Chinese People's Liberation Army fighters have never been so close to Taiwanese airspace, marking a new escalation between the two countries.

Despite US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's trip to Beijing just a week ago to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, tensions between the US and China over Taiwan remain very high. . Thus, Beijing has multiplied in recent days the declarations threatening any Taiwanese separatist ambitions, sometimes in a very direct way.

On Saturday, this tension escalated even further, when a fleet of 21 People's Liberation Army warplanes, together with 5 ships, once again crossed the fictitious line dividing the Taiwan Strait, used until a few years ago as an air border between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China.

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But where in recent months the aircraft almost immediately turned around, a fleet of 8 J-10 fighters continued on their way. to arrive only 24 nautical miles from the Taiwanese coast, a distance marking the limit of the contiguous zone which extends from the limit of territorial waters to 12 nautical miles from the coast, at a distance of 24 nautical miles.

Without having the same prerogatives as in territorial waters, the state has extensive rights and duties of intervention in the contiguous zone, particularly in the field of the application of customs regulations, but also the fight against immigration. .

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by flying close to the Taiwanese coast, Chinese planes collect valuable electronic intelligence on Taiwanese anti-aircraft defences.

By approaching so close to this area, the Chinese fighters flirted with the Taiwanese anti-aircraft defense. However, the small number of devices concerned having probably convinced Taipei that this was a new provocation, and therefore to respond with the greatest restraint.

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This new provocation once again shifts the limit to which the PLA believes it can go against Taiwan without a response, whereas it only takes 3 minutes for a fighter flying at 400 knots to cover this distance.

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