Taiwan defence ministry says 9 Chinese planes have entered defence zone

One of the planes said to have entered Taiwan's defence zone
One of the planes said to have entered Taiwan's defence zone

The ministry has issued radio warning and are continuing to monitor the planes' activities

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Taiwan's defence ministry has said nine Chinese planes have entered its air defence zone.

The ministry has added that it has "issued radio warnings" and have deployed "air defence missiles to monitor the activities".

This is not the first time that Chinese planes have entered Taiwan after China sent 39 aircrafts into Taiwan back in January, as well as another 77 across two days in October 2021.

Taiwan has been complaining about Chinese planes near the island for more than a year, with its Premier Su Tseng-chang saying in October that "China has been wantonly engaged in military aggression, damaging regional peace".

China sees its neighbours as a breakaway province, while Taiwan sees itself as its own sovereign state.

While many, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, believe China could soon invade Taiwan, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying has dismissed the rumours.

"Taiwan is not Ukraine", she said.

"Taiwan has always been an inalienable part of China. This is an indisputable legal and historical fact."