Chinese Bomber carry out drills on Artificial Islands
Chinese fighter aircrafts and bombers have carried out drills near Taiwan-controlled islands, while startling new satellite images suggest China may be building military bases on artificial islands.Taiwan’s air force scrambled for a second straight day on Saturday (local time) after a dozen Chinese fighter aircrafts and bombers carried out drills close to Taiwan-controlled islands in the disputed South China Sea.
Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory, has carried out repeated air missions in the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone in recent months, mostly near the Pratas Islands.
After nine Chinese air force aircrafts flew near the Pratas Islands on Friday, the Taiwanese Defence Ministry said it tracked 11 planes on Saturday – eight fighter jets, two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft, also near the islands.
It said Chinese naval forces were also involved but gave no details.
Taiwan’s air force warned the Chinese aircrafts to leave and deployed missile systems to monitor the activity, the ministry said.