Following Taiwan’s recent presidential election, the Taiwanese defense ministry reported significant Chinese military activity near the island. On Wednesday, Taiwan detected 18 Chinese air force planes, including Su-30 fighters, and naval ships conducting “joint combat readiness patrols” around Taiwan. This marked the first major military operation by China after Taiwan voted for Lai Ching-te, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), as its next president. Lai is viewed by Beijing as a separatist and a potential instigator of conflict.
The increased military presence, which included aircraft crossing the Taiwan Strait’s median line, reflects China’s ongoing efforts to assert its sovereignty claims over Taiwan, claims that are staunchly rejected by Taipei.The Taiwanese defense ministry responded by deploying its forces to monitor the situation, emphasizing the importance of the Taiwan Strait’s security for global stability. Taiwan pledged to continue strengthening its self-defense capabilities in response to regional threats.