Two US F-18 fighter jets made an emergency landing at an air force base in the southern city of Tainan on Wednesday, with US authorities saying one of the planes had developed a mechanical failure.
This happened for the first time in 30 years.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said during the media briefing in Beijing that China has launched solemn representations with the United States.
While referring to the agreements between the two that recognize Beijing as the sole government of China, She said that China want from US to abide by the ‘One-China Policy’ and the three joint statements between China and the US and to carefully deal with the relevant issue,” referring to agreements between the two that recognize Beijing as the sole government of China.
Taiwanese media described the landing as the first of its kind since the mid-1980s and speculated that it could have been a US reaction to an unprecedented People’s Liberation Army Air Force exercise over the western Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan.
Several Chinese aircraft on Monday flew over the ocean for the first time via the Bashi Channel, which runs between Taiwan and the Philippines, Beijing’s official Xinhua news agency said.
Mark Zimmer, spokesman for the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the de facto US embassy said the planes had been on a “routine flight” when one encountered a mechanical problem and requested an emergency landing.
The incident “again highlights the close ties between Taiwan and the United States,” according to Taiwanese MP and military expert Lin Yu-fang of the ruling Kuomintang party, who sits on the parliament’s diplomacy and defense committee.
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