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China sends fighter jets into Taiwanese airspace, beating Friday's record incursion - ABC News

China has flown 39 fighter jets into Taiwan's air defence zone, according to the island's defence ministry, another show of force after Beijing's record incursion on Friday.

Taiwan's defence ministry said the jets entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone in two sorties on Saturday, one during the day and one at night.

That followed a similar pattern on Friday, when 38 planes flew into the area south of the self-governing island, near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

Taiwan said it scrambled combat aircraft to warn away the Chinese jets, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.

The repeated Chinese missions have infuriated the democratically governed island and further raised tensions with Taipei.

Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen attends a fighter jet drill in Taiwan, 15 September 2021.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, pictured at an air force drill last month, has accused China of jeopardising regional peace.(

Reuters: Taiwan Military News Agency/File photo

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China claims Taiwan, which lies off its east coast, as its territory.

The two split in 1949 during a civil war in which the Communists took control of mainland China and the rival Nationalists set up a government on Taiwan.

The Communist Party marked the 72nd anniversary of its rule on Friday.

Taiwan's leader spoke out on Saturday against Friday's incursions.

Beijing says flights designed to protect its sovereignty

China has been sending military planes into the area south of Taiwan frequently for more than a year.

The 38 and 39 planes on Friday and Saturday were the most in a single day since Taiwan began releasing reports on the flights, Taiwan's Central News Agency said.

The defence ministry identified most of them as Chinese J-16 and the similar Russian SU-30 fighter jets.

China has yet to comment on the incursions.

It has previously said such flights are designed to protect its sovereignty and prevent "collusion" between Taiwan and the United States, the island's most important international backer.

China has stepped up military and political pressure to try to force Taiwan to accept Chinese sovereignty.

Taiwan says it is an independent country and will defend its freedom and democracy.

AP/Reuters

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