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Beijing called the reason for sending military aircraft to Taiwan

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Aircraft of the Chinese Air Force (Air Force) fly to the island of Taiwan to protect the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of their country. Shen Jinke, spokesman for the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA), told reporters on July 31.

According to him, many types of aircraft of the Chinese Air Force make sorties. They are protecting China’s “precious island,” he said.

“Thus, we are improving the skills to protect the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of China,” said a spokesman for the PLA Air Force.

Protecting the country remains “the sacred mission of the PRC Air Force,” Shen Qinke stressed.

“We have a strong will. We are absolutely confident that we can protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China,” he concluded.

On June 30, videos appeared on the Web of Chinese military equipment being pulled into the area of ​​Fujian Province, not far from the coast of Taiwan. The PRC deployed PHL-16 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) with a firing range of up to 220 km to the territory of mainland China closest to Taiwan, located just 120 km from the island.

The PRC also closed the Taiwan Strait and the airspace above it as part of live-fire exercises taking place in the province. In response, Taiwan deployed an air defense system at a civilian airport, and US aircraft began flying in the Taiwan Strait.

The maneuvers of the Chinese army started on July 30 ahead of a possible visit to Taiwan by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Earlier on Saturday, it was reported that a US Air Force Boeing C-40C with Pelosi on board took off from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and headed for the Pacific Ocean. By now, he has landed in Hawaii.

A few days earlier, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei said that “the Chinese army will not quietly watch” Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan. Among the response measures, in particular, in China, they thought about creating a no-fly zone.

Official relations between the Chinese government and its island province broke down in 1949, when the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, who lost in a civil war with the Communist Party of China, moved to Taiwan. Contact between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. The United States openly supports the Taiwan authorities.

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