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Taiwan says 27 Chinese planes entered its air defense buffer zone in the latest in a long series of incursions amid Beijing pressure on the autonomous island

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan said 27 Chinese planes entered its air defense buffer zone on Sunday, the latest in a long series of incursions amid pressure from Beijing on the autonomous island.

Sunday’s incursion included 18 fighter jets and five H-6 bombers, as well as a Y-20 mid-air refueling plane, according to the Taiwan Defense Ministry.

Over the past year, the frequency of Chinese incursions has increased, with around 150 planes over a four-day period.

The Chinese Air Force mission to Taiwan came as Chinese President Xi Jinping met with officers at a military conference, where he called for the cultivation of military talents to support and strengthen the armed forces, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Xi said talent is imperative to achieve victory in military competition and gain the upper hand in future wars, according to Xinhua.

China claims that Taiwan is democratically governed as its own territory, to be brought under its control by force if necessary. He refuses to recognize the island government and increasingly seeks to isolate the independence government of President Tsai Ing-wen.

Taiwan and China separated in a civil war in 1949, and Beijing opposes Taiwan’s involvement in international organizations.

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