Taiwan’s military detects two Chinese balloons near island

Taiwan’s military detects two Chinese balloons near island
# 18 December 2023 12:17 (UTC +04:00)

Two Chinese balloons crossed the Taiwan Strait median line in the past day, the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense reported, APA reports citing TASS.

One of the two balloons was spotted at 9:03 a.m. local time (1:03 a.m. GMT) on Sunday, and the other at 2:43 p.m. (6:43 a.m. GMT), the ministry said. They crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait 110 nautical miles (203.7 km) northwest of Keelung City in northern Taiwan.

According to the Taiwanese defense agency, the balloons were detected at an altitude of about 8.2 km. They continued flying eastward before disappearing. The Taiwanese military last reported spotting a Chinese balloon near the island on December 8.

In addition, Taiwan’s army registered the approach of six aircraft of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and two warships near the island in the past day. One of the warplanes, a Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft, crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait west off the island.

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