(BEIJING) LATEST: China’s military says it conducted a combat readiness patrol in the direction of the Taiwan Strait, after its defence ministry condemned a visit to Taiwan by a US Congressional delegation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.15: The patrol was aimed at what the Chinese military said in a statement were the “seriously wrong” words and actions of “relevant countries” on the Taiwan issue and the activities of pro-independence forces in Taiwan.

#AceDailyNews says CCP China’s military conducts combat readiness patrol in direction of Taiwan Strait: Taiwan’s presidential office declined to comment after People’s Liberation Army of China sent warplanes into Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification Zone on 199 days this year.

An aircraft carrier is accompanied by navy frigates and submarines in the South China Sea.
China says the patrol was aimed at the “seriously wrong” words and actions of “relevant countries” on Taiwan.(AP: Li Gang)

The Chinese military said the patrol was a test of its ability to operate across multiple forces.

Cross-strait tensions have been rising in recent months, with Taiwan complaining for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the self-ruled island that Beijing claims as its own.

Taiwan’s defence ministry said six Chinese military aircraft entered its south-western air defence identification zone on Tuesday, including four J-16 fighter jets and two surveillance planes.

Several Taiwan media outlets reported on Tuesday that unspecified members from both the US House of Representatives and Senate had arrived in Taipei on a US military plane.

The American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy in the absence of formal diplomatic ties, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

China’s defence ministry said in a statement that members of the US Congress had arrived in Taiwan by military plane.

“We firmly oppose and strongly condemn this,” it said.

US Congressional delegations frequently use military aircraft, like the C-32, to make foreign trips, including past visits to Taiwan.

In June, China’s defence ministry denounced a brief weekend visit by three US senators to Taiwan on a US military aircraft, calling it a “vile political provocation” that was irresponsible and dangerous.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.15: 2021:

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