China stations 4 bombers 450 km from Taiwan

Ministry of National Defense says it is monitoring the situation 24 hours a day

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China has stationed 4 strategic bombers just 450 km from Taiwan (screenshot from twitter.com/imagesatintl)

China has stationed 4 strategic bombers just 450 km from Taiwan (screenshot from twitter.com/imagesatintl)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - China has stationed four Xi’an H-6 bombers at a base just 450 kilometers from Taiwan, but the Ministry of National Defense said it was monitoring the situation and there was no reason to panic.

Since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was elected in 2016, Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) has been taking a more aggressive stance, often sending military aircraft and vessels close to Taiwan to underline its threats of unification by force.

ImageSat International (ISI) published a picture of four Chinese strategic bombers stationed at the Xingning Air Base on March 1, the Central News Agency reported. Xingning is a city in the eastern part of Guangdong Province, just 450 km from Taiwan.

It was “the first time in a few years” that the bombers had been spotted at the base, ISI added.

In Taipei, a spokesman for the military said the ISI report amounted only to a record of one moment, while the Ministry of National Defense was actively monitoring the situation 24 hours a day and keeping abreast of changes.

Residents of Taiwan need not be afraid, since the military remained aware of every movement and could react accordingly each moment of the day, CNA quoted the spokesman as saying.