Taiwan needs to be clearly aware that its future lies in “reunification” with China and that it cannot rely on the United States, China’s military said on Thursday, responding to questions on a massed incursion by Chinese warplanes last week.
Twenty-eight Chinese air force aircraft, including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers, entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) last Tuesday, the largest number to date reported by the Chinese-claimed island’s government.
The incident came shortly after Group of Seven leaders issued a joint statement scolding China for a series of issues and underscoring the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, comments China condemned as “slander”.
Asked about the number of aircraft involved last week, Chinese defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said what he termed exercises were “a necessary action for the current security situation across the Taiwan Strait and safeguarding national sovereignty”.
Taiwan independence means war, he added, reiterating the sharper language the ministry began using in January.