Source: Robert Besser

TAIPEI, Taiwan: Taiwan launched fighter aircraft to intercept incursions by Chinese jets on Sunday.

The Taiwanese defense ministry reported that 19 Chinese aircraft, including nuclear-capable bombers, had flown into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.

For over one year, China has flown repeated missions by its air force, often flying near Taiwan, approaching the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

Sunday’s Chinese over-flights involved 10 J-16 and four Su-30 fighters, as well as four H-6 bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, and an anti-submarine aircraft, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said.

In response to the Chinese flights, Taiwanese combat aircraft were launched to warn away the Chinese aircraft, and missile systems were readied to monitor them, the ministry said.

There was no immediate comment from China.

The last such incursion occurred on June 15 when 28 Chinese air force aircraft were reported to have flown near Taiwan.

China may have launched the flights towards Taiwan in a show of protest after a U.S. warship and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter sailed through the Taiwan Strait last month.

Taiwan’s defense ministry has said that the threats from China were increasing.