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Taiwan ‘must be on alert’ against China, premier warns

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An armed US-made F16 fighter jet takes off from a motorway in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, during the annual Han Kuang drill on September 15, 2021.
Sam Yeh/AFPAn armed US-made F16 fighter jet takes off from a motorway in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, during the annual Han Kuang drill on September 15, 2021.

The announcement follows China's biggest ever excursion into Taiwan's air defense zone

Taiwan’s premier cautioned against China’s recent military excursions into Taiwan’s air defense zone on Tuesday, and expressed that the island would take steps to protect itself.

“Taiwan must be on alert. China is more and more over the top,” Premier Su Tseng-chang announced to the media.

“The world has also seen China's repeated violations of regional peace and pressure on Taiwan.”

The premier also called on Taiwan to “strengthen itself” to deter threats and promote stronger alliances with partners.

“Only when we help ourselves can others help us,” he said.

Taiwan is focusing on bolstering the island’s military with more modern weapons to deter China’s nearby military activities, which are on the rise.

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On Monday, China argued involvement by the United States was inflaming tensions between Beijing and Taipei.

Taiwan instead called China the “chief culprit” in deteriorating relations, pointing to the recent flight of 56 Chinese aircraft into the island’s air defense zone. 

The incursion marked the largest ever by Beijing, prompting Taiwan’s military forces to scramble jets and deploy missile systems.

After the US implored China to halt such activities, Beijing responded with a statement alleging that US arms sales to Taiwan harmed regional stability.

“Engaging in Taiwan independence is a dead end. China will take all steps needed and firmly smash any Taiwan independence plots," China’s Foreign Ministry declared, reported in Reuters.

"China's determination and will to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering.”