Taiwan on Sunday reported the Chinese air force’s largest incursion into its air defense zone since last October, with the island’s defense ministry reporting the presence of 39 planes.
China regards the island state as its own territory and has repeatedly staged air force missions into the island’s air defense identification zone, angering Taipei.
In October, Beijing sent about 150 planes to this area over a four-day period.
According to the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense, the new incursion led by Beijing on Sunday included 34 fighters, four aircraft equipped with electronic warfare systems and a bomber. This crew flew over an area northeast of the Pratas, according to a map provided by the ministry.
Taiwanese authorities say they have deployed missile systems and dispatched fighter jets to monitor and warn Chinese fighters.
Beijing had no immediate comment.