BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government said Wednesday that actions like its warplanes flying near Taiwan last weekend are a warning against both foreign interference in Taiwan and any independence moves by the island.
Asked about the flights, Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said China’s military drills are to show the nation’s resolution to protect its national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“They are a stern warning against external interference and provocation from separatist forces advocating for Taiwan independence,” she said at a regular briefing, giving the Chinese government’s first official comment on the recent flights.
China sent eight bombers and four fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone on Saturday, according to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry. Taiwan scrambled fighters to monitor the activity.