China – launched sat drops debris near Taipei , hits flights

Taipei : Flights out of north ern Taiwan were delayed on Sunday after China launched a rocket carrying a satellite that dropped debris into waters north of Taipei .

While the satellite launch had no obvious military purpose , it comes after China held large – scale military drills in response to Taiwanese President Tsing – wen’s transit visit to the United States earlier this month , during which she met US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in California . Tensions remain high and China sent wales flying toward Taiwan more than 200 times last wee kind , while its navy ships circled the self – ruled island it claims as Chinese territory .

China - launched sat drops
China – launched sat drops

Taiwan’s defence ministry issued a statement on public media , saying it had monitored the 9.36am ( local time ) launch from the Jaquan base in northwestern China . While some rocket parts had landed within Taiwan’s air defence identified tin zone , they posed no threat to ” our nation’s Terri tory , ” the statement said .

China had declared a 27 minute halt to flights over a section of the East China Sea , considerably shorter than the no – fly period over parts of three days it had originally announced . Taiwan said it strongly protested the notice and was able to get China to reduce the flight ban time to the brief period on Sunday .

Still , the flight ban caused disruptions for travellers headed to Japan from Taipei i’s Longshan Airport .

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