Nuclear-capable bombers entered air defence zone, says Taipei, amid simmering row over competing bids to join regional trade agreement.
China has voiced opposition to Taiwan joining a major trans-Pacific trade deal as it flew 24 planes â€“ including two nuclear-capable bombers â€“ into the self-ruled islandâ€™s air defence zone, the biggest incursion in weeks, Taiwanese officials said.
On the same day, Taiwanese officials said 24 Chinese planes â€“ including 18 fighter jets and two nuclear-capable bombers â€“ crossed into the islandâ€™s air defence identification zone.
Taiwan responded by saying China had no right to decide who can join the trade pact given it is not yet a member.
It was originally designed to keep China, which has its own regional trade deal, locked out.
John Deng, Taipeiâ€™s lead trade negotiator, said he expected Chinese opposition but portrayed Taiwan as a more reliable free-trade partner.