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The Ministry of National Defense responded to military aircraft circumventing Taiwan exercise: defeating "Taiwan independence" at all costs

On the afternoon of September 24, the Ministry of National Defense held a regular press conference. Colonel Tan Kefei, Deputy Director of the Information Bureau of the Ministry of National Defense and spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense, answered questions from reporters.

He replied to reporters:
Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. The PLA organizes actual military exercises in the Taiwan Strait region to demonstrate its determination and ability to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. It targets the interference of external forces and the very small number of "Taiwan independence" separatists and their separatist activities. Disregarding the safety and well-being of the Taiwan compatriots, the Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party authorities continue to provoke cross-strait confrontation and "independence" provocations, jeopardizing peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. This scheme is doomed to fail. If the "Taiwan independence" separatist forces dared to split Taiwan from China in any name and by any means, we will resolutely defeat it at all costs.

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The PLA plane flew over the center line of the Taiwan Strait, and the fighter pilot said there was no such thing as the center line of the Taiwan Strait.

Well the median line in the strait is unofficial boundary. Sort of like a gentleman's agreement between two. It's not like the 12nm territory or the 200nm EEZ.

As tensions increase between US and China towards November and even after it, more flights across this boundary will become the new norm. We might even see PLAN ships sail across it if the temperature rises.


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Remember when a J-10(C?) crash was reported as a Su-35 shot down by Taiwanese Patriot Missiles by some idiots back in September? I sure do! Here is the full story on what happened.

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Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft struck two birds and the pilot was not able to restart the engine. Since the J-10 was at a low altitude (272 meters), it could not perform an emergency landing and it was heading towards a metropolitan area when the bird strike occurred. The pilot steered the plane away from the city towards some rice paddies before performing the ejection. He landed safely in an orchard and received assistance from villagers.