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The newly commissioned upgraded F-16V fighter jet is seen at the Chiayi Air Base in southwestern Taiwan on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Taiwan has deployed the advanced version. most advanced F-16 fighters in their Air Force, as the island steps up its defenses against the constant threat from China. (AP Photo / Johnson Lai)

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Taiwan said 27 Chinese aircraft entered its air defense buffer zone on Sunday, the latest in a long series of infiltrations as part of its pressure Beijing for the self-governing island.

The defense ministry said Taiwan sent fighter jets to “warn” the Chinese plane to leave. It also deployed missile systems to monitor them.

Sunday’s attack included 18 fighters and five H-6 bombers, as well as a Y-20 aerial refueling aircraft, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense.

The Chinese aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone near the southern part of the island and out into the Pacific Ocean before turning back to China, according to a map released by the Taiwanese government.

Over the past year, the frequency of Chinese incursions has increased, with about 150 aircraft in a four-day period.

China’s air force’s mission to Taiwan was made possible when Chinese President Xi Jinping met with officers at a military conference where he called for talent cultivation, according to Xinhua news agency. military to support and strengthen the armed forces, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Mr. Xi said that talent is a must to achieve victory in military competitions and gain advantage in future wars, according to Xinhua.

China claims democratically ruled Taiwan as its own territory, to be controlled by force if necessary. It refuses to recognize the island’s government and increasingly seeks to isolate the independent government of President Tsai Ing-wen.

Taiwan and China split during the 1949 civil war, and Beijing opposes Taiwan’s participation in international organizations.

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