‘Numerous’ Chinese warplanes transit Bashi Channel south of Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen condemns China’s reckless behavior for undermining regional peace and stability

Taiwan News 
Date: 2019/04/15
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

PLAAF H-6K bomber (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Shortly after noon on Monday, April 15, a squadron of numerous Chinese warplanes transited the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan, as confirmed by the Ministry of Defense (MND).

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), speaking at an event hosted by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) celebrating 40 year of the Taiwan Relations Act, condemned the actions of China as undermining peace and stability across the strait.

The group of warplanes reportedly consisted of range of aircraft, including H-6K bombers, Shenyang J-11 fighters, Sukhoi Su-30 fighters, Shaanxi Y-8 transport aircraft, and a KJ-500 spy plane, reports ET Today.

The warplanes reportedly headed Southeast through the Bashi Channel, skirting the Taiwan Strait, to enter the Western Pacific for training exercises. With the exception of one of the H-6K bombers, which returned through the Miyako Strait, the planes returned along the same route.    [FULL  STORY]

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