By: Joseph Yeh
Taipei, April 1 (CNA) The United States on Monday called on China to stop its coercion
against Taiwan and resume official cross-strait dialogue after two Chinese Air Force planes crossed the Taiwan Strait median line Sunday, a rare move that violated a long-held tacit agreement between the two sides.
According to Taiwan’s defense ministry, two J-11 fighter planes from the People’s Liberation Army of China crossed the median line and entered Taiwan’s southwestern airspace at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The aircraft finally returned to China’s side of the median line after receiving multiple radio warnings.
Government officials said the intrusion triggered a 12-minute standoff between Taiwanese and Chinese warplanes when the latter flew 43 nautical miles into Taiwan’s airspace, despite repeated warnings. [FULL STORY]