China sends 24 fighters jets over Taiwan in terrifying second wave of war games

CHINA has sent 24 fighter jets towards Taiwan in another terrifying wave of war games.

The display of force comes after the self-governing island announced its intention to join an 11-nation Pacific trade group that Beijing has also applied to join.

China first sent 19 war planes into Taiwan airspace yesterday before sending five more in a second surge later the same day, sparking fears of World War 3.

Taiwan deployed air patrol forces in response to the jets and tracked them on its air defense systems, the island’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The planes used in the morning flight, some of which flew in a long L-shaped path, included two nuclear-capable bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft.

Later in the day, China sent more bombers as well as an early warning aircraft.

China has sent fighter jets toward Taiwan on an almost daily basis this past year.

It stepped up its military harassment of the self-ruled island and has sent large displays of planes after political events which it views as interfering with its sovereignty

Taiwan and China split during a civil war in 1949, but Beijing continues to claim Taipei as part of its territory and opposes its involvement in international organisations.

Taiwan announced Thursday that it applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, setting up another potential clash with Beijing.

China’s military sent 18 planes toward Taiwan last year when a top US diplomat visited the island and met with officials there.

In June, it sent 28 warplanes after leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations issued a statement calling for a peaceful resolution of cross-Taiwan Strait issues.

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