TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of National Defense said Saturday (Sept. 18) that the previous day, it had closely observed Chinese military drills, which coincided with the conclusion of Taiwan’s Han Kuang 37 war games and the sailing of the U.S. destroyer USS Barry through the Taiwan Strait.
Also on Friday (Sept. 17), 10 Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force planes intruded into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), CNA reported. The Chinese military issued a news release Saturday saying that its navy and air force had conducted maneuvers in an area southwest of Taiwan the previous day involving ships, early warning aircraft, and bombers.
The Taiwanese defense ministry said it had observed and evaluated the Chinese movements as well as any changes in the regional situation. The Chinese tests and passage of the USS Barry came at the close of five days of intensive nationwide live-fire exercises by the Taiwan Armed Forces.