China-Taiwan LIVE: Island prepares ‘combat readiness’ as 22 military planes enter airspace

The defence ministry claimed yesterday that almost two dozen Chinese Air Force plans entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, with all 22 aircraft crossing the Taiwan Strait median line. The defence ministry said China’s military exercises were highly provocative, “whether it was launching ballistic missiles or deliberately crossing the median line of the strait”.

It continued: “Adhering to the principle of preparing for war and not seeking war, the national army will work together to firmly defend sovereignty and national security.”

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi enraged Beijing when paying a visit to the self-ruled island that China claims as its own.

Taiwan’s President has issued a statement of reassurance to the country, saying: “Our government and military are closely monitoring China’s military exercises and information warfare operations, ready to respond as necessary.

“I call on the international community to support democratic Taiwan and halt any escalation of the regional security situation.”

Taiwan’s military will prepare combat readiness but will not ask for a war, the defence ministry added.