21 Chinese military planes enter Taiwan’s air defence identification zone as Nancy Pelosi visits island

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Nancy Pelosi began her visit to Taiwan on August 2

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Taipei: At least 21 Chinese military planes flew into Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ)on Tuesday at the time of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s visit to the island. The development was confirmed by officials in Taipei. Notably, Beijing considers Taiwan as its territory.
“21 PLA aircraft … entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on August 2, 2022,”The island’s defence ministry said in a statement on Twitter. Taiwan’s ADIZ is not the same as its territorial airspace. However, it includes a greater area. Taiwan’s ADIZ overlaps China‘s air defence identification zone.
Pelosi on Tuesday began her controversial visit to Taian. She landed on Tuesday evening. China issued stern warnings to the United States over the visit. She is the highest-profile elected US official visit to the island. China termed Pelosi’s visit as a major provocation.
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After arriving in Taiwan Pelosi said that her visit was to support the island’s democracy. “Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan honours America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy,” reported AFP quoting the US House Speaker as saying.

Meanwhile, the Chinese military said that it was on a high and could launch targeted military strikes in retaliation to the visit. China considers self-ruled Taiwan as its territory and has also vowed to seize it one day.

Russia also extended support to China over the issue. Moscow said that it was “absolutely in solidarity with China”. Russia also called Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan a “pure provocation”. Before Pelosi, Newt Gingrich, the then speaker of the US House of Representatives, visited Taiwan in 1997.