A “record number” of Chinese jets enters the airspace


Chinese J-10 jet

The Chinese J-10 fighter was inside a Chinese aircraft (file photo)

Taiwan said a record number of Chinese military aircraft flew into the airspace on Monday.

The Pentagon said 25 aircraft, including fighters and nuclear bombers, entered the so-called air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday.

The intrusion is the largest in a year and occurs when the United States warns against “increasingly aggressive China.”

Beijing considers Taiwan a separate state.

However, democratic Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state.

According to Taiwan, the latest Chinese missions included 18 fighters, four bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons, two anti-submarine aircraft, and airborne early warning aircraft.

The Defense Ministry has dispatched fighters to warn Chinese jets, adding that missile systems have been deployed to monitor them.

China has been operating regular flights over the high seas between southern Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Platas Islands in the South China Sea in recent months.

Monday’s invasion also saw jets fly into the air defense identification zone of southwestern Taiwan near the Platas Islands.

map

map

The latest incident took place the day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States was concerned about China’s “increasingly aggressive behavior” against Taiwan.

In an interview with NBC He reiterated that the United States has a legal commitment to Taiwan, and Washington “makes sure Taiwan has the ability to protect itself,” he said. “Everyone is forced to change the status quo. It’s a serious mistake to try, “he added.

Analysts say Beijing is increasingly concerned that the Taiwanese government is moving the island towards a formal declaration of independence and wants to warn President Tsai Ing-wen not to take steps in that direction.

However, President Cai has repeatedly stated that Taiwan is already an independent state and no formal declaration is necessary.

The island has its own constitution, military, and democratically elected leaders.

China has not ruled out the possibility of using force to achieve unity with Taiwan.

China and Taiwan: Basic

  • China and Taiwan have had separate governments since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.Beijing has long sought to limit Taiwan’s international activities, and both have fought for influence in the Pacific region.

  • In recent years, tensions have increased and Beijing has not ruled out the use of force to regain the island.

  • Taiwan is officially recognized by only a handful of countries, but democratically elected governments have strong commercial and informal ties to many countries.

  • Like most countries, the United States has no official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but U.S. law requires the island to provide a means of protecting itself.

Posted on