14 Chinese warplanes enter Taiwan’s air defence zone.
Image Credit: Taiwan Ministry of National Defense
On Sunday, Taiwan reported that eight nuclear H-6K Chinese bomber planes and four J-16 fighter jets entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone from the South West Taiwan. Taiwan responded immediately to the Chinese aircraft by deploying missiles to monitor their movement. Taiwan’s air force warned off Chinese warplanes using the standard wording it usually uses for such incursions.
Airborne alert sorties had been tasked, radio warnings issued and air defence missile systems deployed to monitor the activity.Taiwan Air Force
China considers Taiwan as it own territory, and for this reason, they repeatedly enter into Taiwan’a airspace. In fact, Taiwan claims that Chinese aircraft enters Taiwan’s airspace nearly every day, but this incursion is different as the number of warplanes used is much higher than usual. In the daily incursions, Taiwan usually has to tackle with one or two reconnaissance aircraft.
It is highly unusual for China to send that amount of warplanes to Taiwanese air defence identification zone, but this might be related to the new US government. Last Wednesday, US President Joe Biden assumed office, and this huge incursion by China in Taiwanese airspace, may be to test President Biden. The US State Department spokesman Ned Price urged China to stop entering Taiwanese airspace.
We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives.State department spokesman Ned Price
The intrusion might also be due to the US Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) which entered the South China Sea on Saturday to conduct routine operations. The US Indo-Pacific Command issued a statement about the carrier strike group entry into the South China Sea on Sunday.