U.S. calls on China to stop coercion after PLA jets cross median line

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/04/01
By: Joseph Yeh

Taipei, April 1 (CNA) The United States on Monday called on China to stop its coercion

AIT spokesperson Amanda Mansour / CNA

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]

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