October 2 (WNN) — Taiwanese military officials said dozens of Chinese military planes flew over the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone on Saturday, Beijing’s biggest ever incursion.
Twenty Chinese planes took off from the area, including nuclear-capable bombers, on Friday after 38 flybys in two waves, according to an update from Taiwan’s defense ministry.
On Friday, 25 Chinese military aircraft entered the southwestern part of the Air Defense Identification Zone, followed by 13 Chinese aircraft taking off from the same area at night.
Taiwan’s military each time responded with radio warnings and air defense missile systems to monitor activity.
An air defense detection area is an area of airspace where foreign aircraft are identified, monitored and controlled for national security.
According to the BBC, Taiwan has complained about the Chinese air force’s repeated missions near the island for more than a year.
Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang told reporters on Saturday, “China has deliberately engaged in military aggression, which is disturbing regional peace.”
The BBC said that Taiwan saw itself as a sovereign state and that Beijing had seen it as a separate province since the 1940 civil war, where China and Taiwan were divided.