According to the agency, eight J-11 fighters, ten J-16s, a KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft, and two Y-9 and Y-8 aircraft, which, depending on the configuration, can be transport, anti-submarine or performing tasks of electronic intelligence.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that the Chinese army would conduct military exercises in six regions around Taiwan from August 4 to 7.
The Taiwan Ministry of Defense condemned the upcoming Chinese exercises near the island and called them the goal of “psychological intimidation of citizens.”
The situation around Taiwan escalated after information appeared about the visit of the speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to the island.
Chinese Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun warned Washington of the consequences of such a move, saying the visit would undermine relations between China and the United States. Zhang Jun recalled that the island, according to Beijing, is an integral part of China.
On August 2, the plane with Pelosi landed at the Taipei airport. She called her visit a testament to US support for Taiwan.
Official relations between the PRC government and its island province were interrupted 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 US openly supports the Taiwan authorities.