Selin ATAY-TDO- In a clear warning to China, Taiwan said its armed forces had the right to self-defense and counterattack amid “harassment and threats."
Last week, China sent numerous jets across the mid-line of the sensitive Taiwan Strait.
In addition the tension between Taiwan and China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, the tensions have sharply spiked in recent months.
Chinese aircraft crossed the mid-line to enter the island’s air defence identification zone on Friday and Saturday and that prompted Taiwan to scramble jets to intercept them. Also, President Tsai Ing-wen considered China as a threat to the region.
Taiwan’s defence ministry said in a statement that procedures for a first response amid “high frequency of harassment and threats from the enemy’s warships and aircraft this year” had “clearly defined”.
The defence ministry said Taiwan had the right to “self-defense and to counterattack” and followed the guideline of “no escalation of conflict and no triggering incidents”. Taiwan would not take any provocative action but at the same time it was “not afraid of the enemy,” the ministry added.
Taiwanese and Chinese combat aircraft normally observe the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait and do not cross it, although there is no official agreement between Taipei and Beijing on doing so, and the rule is observed unofficially.
Although there is no official agreement between Taipei and Beijing on the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait, Taiwanese and Chinese combat aircraft normally observe the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait and do not cross it.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, however, told reporters in Beijing that “The so-called mid-line of the Strait does not exist.” Adding that Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory.”