At 39 aircraft, China sets new high for Taiwan defence zone incursion

Taiwan's Defence Ministry said that on Saturday the Chinese aircraft first came during the day - 20 aircraft - followed on Saturday night by a further 19. Most of the aircraft were J-16 and Su-30 fighters, it added.The aircraft on both missions flew near the Pratas, the ministry said, in separate statements late Saturday and early Sunday morning. Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang condemned China for its actions on Saturday, saying the country was engaging in military aggression and damaging regional peace. China has yet to comment. It has previously said such flights were to protect the country's sovereignty and aimed against "collusion" between Taiwan and the United States, the island's most important international backer. Taiwan marks its national day next Sunday, with a major speech by President Tsai Ing-wen and military parade in central Taipei, which will include a fly-by of fighter jets. China has stepped up military and political pressure to try to force Taiwan to accept Chinese sovereignty. Taiwan says it is an independent country and will defend its freedom and democracy.

At 39 aircraft, China sets new high for Taiwan defence zone incursion

Taiwan's Defence Ministry said that on Saturday the Chinese aircraft first came during the day - 20 aircraft - followed on Saturday night by a further 19. Most of the aircraft were J-16 and Su-30 fighters, it added.

The aircraft on both missions flew near the Pratas, the ministry said, in separate statements late Saturday and early Sunday morning.

Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang condemned China for its actions on Saturday, saying the country was engaging in military aggression and damaging regional peace.

China has yet to comment.

It has previously said such flights were to protect the country's sovereignty and aimed against "collusion" between Taiwan and the United States, the island's most important international backer.

Taiwan marks its national day next Sunday, with a major speech by President Tsai Ing-wen and military parade in central Taipei, which will include a fly-by of fighter jets.

China has stepped up military and political pressure to try to force Taiwan to accept Chinese sovereignty.

Taiwan says it is an independent country and will defend its freedom and democracy.