TAIPEI (TAIWAN) – Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday that the incidents of Chinese fighter jets harrying the island over the past two days show that Beijing is a threat to the entire region and reveal to the Taiwanese the true intentions of the Chinese government.
Several Chinese aircraft flew across the mid line of the Taiwan Strait and into the air defence identificiation zone of Taiwan on Friday and Saturday, forcing Taipei to scramble its fighter jets.
Beijing on Friday announced that it would conduct military drills near the Taiwan Strait and slammed the collusion between the island and the US.
The drills took place when US Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach was on an official visit to Taiwan.
“I believe these activities are no help to China’s international image, and what’s more have put Taiwan’s people even more on their guard, understanding even better the true nature of the Chinese Communist regime,” the president said.
“Additionally, other countries in the region also have a better understanding of the threat posed by China,” Tsai added. “The Chinese Communists must restrain themselves, and not provoke.”