Tensions in Asia: Chinese fighter jets in the crosshairs, military escalation continues between Taiwan – The Independent

The US State Department on Friday approved an arms sale to Taiwan worth 1.1 billion dollars (1.1 billion euros), provoking the ire of Beijing. Two Chinese fighter jets crossed the center line of the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from mainland China, on Saturday, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry said. A total of four Chinese planes and five ships have been spotted around Taiwan, he added. China has been carrying out military maneuvers around the island since early August, which it considers an integral part of its territory. China conducted its biggest military maneuvers around Taiwan last month following a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said she showed US support for the democratic island. These military maneuvers crystallize tensions between China and Taiwan, against a backdrop of American support. This support is all the more significant as the USA is preparing to supply Taiwan with weapons for an amount of more than 1 billion dollars. Spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Liu Pengyu, said in a statement that such an arms sale “greatly jeopardizes relations between the two countries, as well as peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”. “China will take all necessary and legitimate measures in view of the development of the situation,” he said. The project must be examined by the American Congress, but Democratic and Republican advisers estimated that it should not meet opposition.