Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - Monitoring: A (People’s Liberation Army Navy) flotilla of 3 ships, led by the Shandong aircraft carrier, passed through the Taiwan Strait around noon today,” Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.
According to the statement, the flotilla went “to the west of the median line, heading northward”, referring to the unofficial border in the middle of the strait which separates the island from continental Asia.
Taiwan’s armed forces said they have “monitored the situation and tasked (civil air patrol) aircraft, navy vessels, and land-based missile systems to respond to these activities.”
The defense ministry said 33 warplanes and 10 vessels were detected in the 24 hours to 6:00 am Saturday.
It came a day later after 11 vessels were spotted near the east-Asian island on Friday.
China’s latest military display also comes more than a month after Beijing launched aerial and naval exercises around the island.
Throughout recent months, China has ramped up its presence around the island and has sent warships, including an aircraft carrier, into the seas around Taiwan.
Earlier in April, Beijing staged a military show in response to a meeting in California between Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
China has always considered the self-ruled island of Taiwan as its own territory under its “One China” policy, and has vowed to occupy it one day.