Nancy Pelosi visit: Over 20 Chinese fighter jets enter Taiwan airspace

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began her visit to the self-ruled island that Beijing considers its territory, more than 20 Chinese military planes flew into Taiwan’s air defence zone on Tuesday, AFP reported quoting officials in Taipei.

The island’s defence ministry said in a statement on Twitter: “21 PLA aircraft … entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on August 2, 2022,” referring to the air defence identification zone.

The ADIZ is not the same as Taiwan’s territorial airspace but includes a far greater area that overlaps with part of China’s own air defence identification zone and even includes some of the mainland.

Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Tuesday evening, defying a string of increasingly stark warnings and threats from China that have sent tensions between the world’s two superpowers soaring.

Second in line to the presidency, she is the highest-profile elected US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years and Beijing has made clear that it regards her presence as a major provocation, setting the region on edge, the international news agency report said.

Citing live broadcasts, the report said 82-year-old lawmaker, who flew on a US military aircraft, being greeted at Taipei’s Songshan Airport by foreign minister Joseph Wu.

“Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy,” she said in a statement upon her arrival, adding that her visit “in no way contradicts” US policy towards Taiwan and Beijing.

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