Chinese exercises not provocative: KMT lawmakerBy Chung Li-hua and Wu Su-wei / Staff reportersThere is a “huge” difference between Chinese warplanes flying around Taiwan and intruding into its airspace, and the former should not be deemed provocative, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wu Sz-huai (吳斯懷) said, calling on the Ministry of National Defense not to mislead the public. Just as US aircraft flying by the nation should not be deemed provocative, neither should Chinese aircraft, Wu wrote in a question-and-answer session with the Executive Yuan on Wednesday last week. Wu last month called Chinese warplanes’ fly-bys “very unwise and inappropriate,” only to change his tone in a question addressed to the Executive Yuan later that month. Conversely, misinformation would sow panic.”Apart from the one incident in which Chinese aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, the other Chinese fly-bys last month involved aircraft participating in long-distance drills, he said. The line has served as a military demarcation adhered to by both sides of the Taiwan Strait based on a tacit agreement, he said.
Source: Taipei Times March 21, 2020 15:56 UTC