China sends aircraft and vessels toward Taiwan days after U.S. approves $500-million arms sale

Taiwan’s defense ministry said Saturday that China sent dozens of aircraft and vessels toward the island, just days after the United States approved a $500-million arms sale to Taiwan.

  • The defense ministry said in a statement that 32 aircraft from the People’s Liberation Army and nine vessels from the navy were detected in the 24 hours between 6 a.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Of these, 20 aircraft either crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait or breached Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.
  • In response, Taiwan tasked its own aircraft, vessels and missile systems to respond to the activities, the defense military said.

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