US warns China to stop provoking Taiwan after Beijing sent 77 aircraft including nuclear bombers into island's airspace

US warns China to stop provoking Taiwan after Beijing sent 77 aircraft including nuclear bombers into island's airspace



The United States has warned China to stop its 'provocative' military flights near Taiwan after they sent about 100 military planes, some of them capable of dropping nuclear bombs, into the island's air defense zone over the weekend.



Taiwan's defense ministry said that China's air force sent 39 aircraft to the zone just on Saturday, October 3, the highest reported number to date.



They were a mixture of J-16 and Su-30 fighters as well as anti-submarine and early warning aircraft, Taiwan says. Friday's flights included nuclear-capable H-6 bombers.



'The United States is very concerned by the People's Republic of China's provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is destabilizing, risks miscalculations, and undermines regional peace and stability,' State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.



Taiwan is a democratically governed island about 100 miles off the coast of mainland China. The modern island nation was formed in 1949, after the Community Party kicked China's governing KMT party out of the mainland in the Chinese Civil War.



Taiwan, officially named the Republic of China, is not part of the United Nations. Only 15 countries recognize it as an independent state. The United States and Taiwan have consular relations, and the US government has committed to protecting Taiwan from a Chinese invasion.


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