Nearly two dozen Chinese military aircrafts and ships were seen in the Taiwan Strait on Monday morning.
According to the country’s defense ministry, there were 18 Chinese army aircrafts and four ships spotted – 11 of which crossed the median line of the contended buffer zone.
This comes amid heightened tension in the region – after the US shot down a 200ft Chinese spy balloon that was caught flying across Montana.
The US Navy also conducted joint exercises with the Marine Corps in the South China Sea over the weekend – which they described as ‘integrated expeditionary strike force.’
Explaining the drills on Saturday, the 7th Fleet said: ‘The mobility and sustainability provided by amphibious platforms gives the Navy and Marine Corps team an asymmetric advantage in a maritime environment.
Read more: Chinese military aircraft and ships cross the Taiwan Strait amid soaring tensions with the US after Navy and Marines held drills in South China Sea and fallout over Montana spy balloon