Best fighter jets in the world compared as China’s Taiwan ‘invasion’ fears ramp up
THE BEST fighter jets in the world have been compared as tensions flare between China and Taiwan.
14:05, Sat, Sep 3, 2022 | UPDATED: 14:05, Sat, Sep 3, 2022
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Taiwan celebrates Armed Forces Day today, including with a lighting display at its landmark skyscraper Taipei 101. But the festivities – which mark Taiwan’s victory over Japan in World War 2 – are overshadowed by its growing tensions with China. Beijing, which views Taiwan as its territory, has ramped up its military activity near the self-governing island nation in recent weeks.
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China conducted live-fire drills off Taiwan last month, while this week Taipei shot down what was believed to have been a Chinese drone for the first time.
Beijing was angered by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s August visit to the island and has been further enraged by the Biden administration’s $1.1billion (£950million) arms deal with Taipei announced on Friday.
The US weapons package includes air-to-air missiles to help Taiwan defend itself against Chinese fighter jets, dozens of which strayed into Taiwan’s air defence zone throughout August.
Amid the tensions, the best fighter jets in the world have been compared by military experts.