China’s military deployed to areas around Taiwan 71 planes and seven ships in 24 hours, according to the Taiwanese Defense Ministry.
Driving the news: The Chinese military’s biggest incursion into Taiwan’s air defense zone since Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island in August occurred as Beijing denounced the U.S. over President Joe Biden signing into law Friday a defense spending bill that included provisions for Taiwan.
Details: The Taiwanese Defense Ministry said in a statement it detected 47 Chinese aircrafts cross the median line of the Taiwan Strait between 6am Sunday and 6am Monday local time.
What they’re saying: The Eastern Theatre Command of the Chinese Army said in a statement it conducted “joint combat readiness patrols and joint firepower strike drills” around Taiwan in a “resolute response to the current escalation of collusion and provocation from the United States and Taiwan.”
Flashback: Chinese warships and military aircraft carried out a series of live ammunition drills for days near Taiwan last August following Pelosi’s visit to the democratically run island that Beijing regards as a breakaway province.
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