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The Taiwan Ministry of Defense announced, on Monday, that 43 aircraft of the Chinese Air Force crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait during the past 24 hours, as Beijing continues its military activities near the island, which China considers part of its territory, according to Reuters.

And the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense added that the military maneuvers that China conducted at the end of the week near Taiwan included the deployment of 71 aircraft, including dozens of jet fighters, and described these maneuvers as one of the largest military incursions by Beijing so far, according to AFP.

In a statement on Twitter, Taiwan said 60 fighter jets took part in the maneuvers, including six of the most advanced Su-30.

Accordingly, 47 sorties penetrated the island’s air defense identification zone, and this is the third highest daily incursion rate recorded, according to the AFP database.

China said it conducted “offensive exercises” in the sea and airspace around Taiwan on Sunday, in response to what it said was provocation from Taipei and the United States. Aircraft participating in the latest incursion briefly crossed the Taiwan Strait midline, an unofficial buffer zone, according to a map provided by Taiwan’s Defense Ministry. The ministry indicated that it had detected seven ships belonging to the Chinese navy near Taiwan.

The ministry pointed out that Taiwan sent fighter jets to ward off the Chinese planes.

China has stepped up pressure in recent years on the self-ruled island to accept Beijing’s rule, and Taiwan’s government says it wants peace but will defend itself if attacked.

It is noteworthy that the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense said, Thursday, that the Chinese army sent 39 aircraft and three warships towards Taiwan in a show of force, which lasted 24 hours, according to the Associated Press.

Chinese military harassment of autonomous Taiwan, which Beijing claims as part of its territory, has escalated in recent years, and the Communist Party’s People’s Liberation Army has sent planes or ships toward the island almost daily.

Between 6:00 a.m. Wednesday and 6:00 a.m. Thursday, 30 Chinese aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial border tacitly accepted by both sides, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense.

They flew to the southwest of the island and then horizontally all the way to the southeastern side before quickly turning back, according to a chart of flight patterns provided by Taiwan. Among the aircraft are 21 J-16 fighters, 4 H-6s and two early warning aircraft.

Taiwan confirmed, at the time, that it monitored Chinese movements through ground-based missile systems, as well as from its own navy ships, according to the Associated Press.

The Chinese army conducted major military exercises in August, in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

Beijing views the visits of foreign governments to the island as a de facto recognition of the island as independent and a challenge to China’s claim to sovereignty over it.

In its biggest military maneuvers targeting Taiwan in decades, China regularly sent ships and planes across the median line of the strait, and even fired missiles over Taiwan itself that ended up landing in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

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