The record-breaking number of Chinese military aircraft searched the airspace near Taiwan over the weekend, prompting Taiwanese warplanes to strike and adding muscle to Beijing’s warning that it could eventually use force to hold the island.
On Friday and Saturday, about People’s0 decorated the People’s Liberation Army aircraft, while China celebrated its National Day holiday, following the Beijing test sample over the sea to the southwest of the island and flying to Taiwan. The most recent flights were due to the number and type of aircraft involved, including bombers and antisubmarine planes entering the night.
The flights did not suggest an imminent threat of war on Taiwan, several analysts said, but they did reflect Beijing’s growing uninterrupted signal that it wanted to exploit the autonomous island and would not rule out military means to do so.
“October 1, China’s National Day, is approaching, sending a message about Beijing’s determination to demand Taiwan by force if necessary,” said Adam Ni, an Australian analyst on Chinese military policy based in Germany. “The aim is to ensure Beijing’s strength and show military muscle.”
According to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, the increase in flights began on Friday, when the Chinese military aircraft flew over the island’s “Air Defense Identification Zone” or ADIZ.
According to the Taiwanese Ministry, the first group of aircraft included two H-6 bombers and 22 warplanes. That night, two more H-6 bombers, with 10 J-16 fighters, flew into the air zone, turned left from the southern edge of Taiwan and flew northeast parallel to the island’s east coast before returning.
On Saturday, 39 Chinese military aircraft মধ্যে including fighter jets, two antisubmarine aircraft and an advance warning and control aircraft প্রবেশ entered the Taiwan zone, again breaking daily records.
Taiwan’s air identification zone dates back to the 15050s, extending the airspace where island authorities claim the right to tell aircraft entering to identify themselves and their purpose. It is much larger than Taiwan’s sovereign airspace, reaching 12 nautical miles off its coast. Chinese planes did not enter that sovereign airspace.
“This is very worrying,” said Chih Chung, a security analyst at the Taipei National Policy Foundation. “This puts a lot more pressure on our military and the more they reach our airspace, the greater the risk of accidents.”
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry began releasing records of regular Chinese military flights into space in September last year. Chinese military planes now enter the area almost every day and the latest waves have just wreaked havoc on most people in Taiwan. Island officials, however, are more concerned.
“Threatening? Of course, “Taiwan’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu, Said on Twitter Friday after the infiltration began. In response to a question about the Chinese flight, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that it was “maintaining a high level of vigilance and responding appropriately to ensure national security.”
“Taiwan faces a massive military threat,” Mr. Wu said this before jumping on a Chinese flight in a speech to the Hoover Institution last week. “They want to cut our ADIZ as much as possible and make it their own operation space.”
Taiwan’s military has recently sent its own fighter jets to monitor aircraft in response to Chinese aircraft, but did not deal with the aircraft. Experts say the response to China’s regular intrusion is being put on Taiwanese pilots and aircraft and could affect the island’s overall alert.
Jack Cooper, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute who has studied Chinese and regional military issues, said, “What I think is clear is that they have had some success in defeating Taiwan with this operational tempo.” “It’s difficult for pilots, it uses gas, which is expensive, and these air frames – the more you use them, the faster they will age.”
The Chinese government did not comment on the flight, while Chinese state media quoted a report from Taiwan as saying that they had set a record.
According to records compiled by Gerald C. Brown, a defense analyst in Washington, Chinese flights over the Taiwan region typically feature slow-moving reconnaissance and antisubmarine aircraft as well as fighter jets. But this year, Mr. Brown’s data indicate that the Chinese air force has often sent bombers – a scary move, because they could possibly carry out a real attack.
Su Tu-yun, a senior analyst at the Taipei-based National Defense and Security Research Institute, said large-scale night flights also suggested that Chinese pilots were qualified to fly their J-1f fighter jets in the dark. Supported by the Government of Taiwan.
“They’re trying to show all-weather ability,” Mr. Sue said. “They want to show that they can fight during the day and try to strike at night.”
By the end of 2019, China had about 1,500 fighter jets and 5,050 bombers and attack planes, according to a 2020 report by the Pentagon of the People’s Liberation Army. Taiwan had 40,000 fighters and no bombers.
Taiwan’s security is increasingly dependent on the United States, which supplies most of its weapons. Under a 1979 law, the United States could intervene in Taiwan’s military acquisition efforts, but was not obliged to do so.
Sometimes, Chinese flights to Taiwan’s air zone seem to be a warning in response to certain events. Last year, Beijing sent warplanes to Taiwan two days apart, including a visit to the island by a U.S. official and a memorial to former President Li Teng-hui, which completed the transformation of Taiwan’s democracy and was hated by Beijing. To ensure the self-determination of the island.
In addition to Chinese National Day, it was difficult to understand a particular reason for the latest spike in flight.
The recent attacks come amid a traditionally sensitive period of time, as Taiwan prepares for its own national holiday on October 10, and Western countries are expressing growing support for Taiwan, for its recent appeal. A major regional free trade agreement. On Monday, a delegation from the French Senate is scheduled to begin a visit to Taiwan.
Beijing, which has slammed everything that makes Taiwan look like a sovereign nation, has expressed opposition to both the appeal and the visit.
“The Chinese government is trying to draw a red line to warn the international community not to support Taiwan,” said Wang Ting-yu, a lawmaker from Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party who is a member of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.
“To Taiwan, we are well prepared for such harassment,” Mr. Wang added. “Our people, we don’t like it, but we don’t even think about it.”
Vivian Wang and Amy Chang Chien contributed to the report.