Chinese Warplanes hover over the Sky of Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone
With pressures mounting, China is yet to rule out the use of military force to take Taiwan and has continued to pressure the island over the past few years...
Nearly 30 Chinese jets have entered the Taiwan air defense identification zone yesterday. Granted, the area is self-declared by Taiwan, but still, a concerning situation as pressure ramps up between China and Taiwan in the claim of the strait.
Defense Ministry officials claim the planes were a mix of early warning and control aircraft, fighter jets, electronic warfare aircraft, electronic intelligence aircraft, aerial refueling aircraft, and even some anti-submarine aircraft. This is one of the largest moves by China in terms of aircraft flying through the air defense identification zone. More specifically, it was the third-highest daily number of Chinese jets entering the area since the beginning of 2022 and the second occurrence within just a month.
In a lackluster response, the Taiwanese government and military scrambled combat aircraft to warn the Chinese away, deployed air defense missile systems, and even issued radio warnings. Even though Taiwan and China have been governed separately for nearly 70 years now, China continues to view itself as “responsible” for the island and claims it is a part of Chinese territory.
With pressures mounting, China is yet to rule out the use of military force to take Taiwan and has continued to pressure the island over the past few years.
Read more on the growing tensions in the strait HERE