Taiwan scrambles jets after Chinese warplanes pass its skies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Xi and Li met with Prime Minister Lai Ching-te for talks on military and economic cooperation Taiwan says it has scrambled two fighter jets after Chinese warplanes passed…

Taiwan scrambles jets after Chinese warplanes pass its skies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Xi and Li met with Prime Minister Lai Ching-te for talks on military and economic cooperation

Taiwan says it has scrambled two fighter jets after Chinese warplanes passed across its skies.

The ministry says the Taiwanese air force scrambled three fighters after they came within 2km (1.2 miles) of their territory.

They say the Chinese jets were commercial flights and that Taiwan’s aircraft took evasive action.

This is the latest in a series of actions taken by both sides.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the country’s senior brass on Sunday to prepare for Taiwan’s sensitive National Day celebrations later this month.

Mr Xi told top generals they must take advantage of the transition from a “post-congress era to a new era” to strengthen defences.

On Tuesday, Mr Xi held talks with Prime Minister Lai Ching-te, who has said the issue of the political status of Taiwan remains a contentious one for China.

Relations between China and Taiwan have sunk to their lowest point since the two sides split at the end of a civil war in 1949.

A trade war between the two countries has been going on for over a year.

Taiwan has made clear it is suspicious of China’s intentions and was wary of the increasing activity of Chinese military planes and ships close to the island.

Report by Jennifer Chen

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