Beijing has also dispatched more ships to the disputed South China Sea, which an analyst called “strategic intimidation.”
After Taiwan reported the largest ever intrusion of Chinese aircraft into its airspace, China stated that it would “never tolerate” foreign interference in Taiwan-related issues, which is an autonomous and democratic island that China claims to be in the South China Sea.
The Taiwan government stated that at least 28 Chinese Air Force aircraft, including fighter jets and nuclear-capable bombers, entered Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday.
Before the incident, the leaders of the Group of Seven countries issued a joint statement on Sunday, criticizing China on a series of issues and reiterating the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
When asked at a news conference on Wednesday whether the military activities were related to the G7 statement, Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of China, attributed the tension to the Taiwan government.
Since Tsai Ing-wen first assumed the presidency in 2016, Beijing has been increasing pressure on the island and believes that the island’s government is cooperating with foreign countries to seek formal independence.
Ma Yun said: “We will never tolerate foreign forces seeking independence or wanton interference on the Taiwan issue, so we need to respond strongly to these collusion behaviors.”
Taiwan has complained in the past few months The Chinese Air Force has repeatedly performed missions on the island, Mainly located in the southwest of the air defense zone near the Platas Islands controlled by Taiwan.
However, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, this time Chinese aircraft not only flew near the Platas Islands, but also bombers and some fighter jets flew near southern Taiwan near the bottom of the island.
The flyover happened on the same day The US Navy said that the aircraft carrier group headed by the Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier has entered the disputed South China Sea..
“The Ronald Reagan Strike Team did not interact with any Chinese military aircraft,” Lieutenant Colonel Joe Kelly, spokesperson for the 5th Aircraft Carrier Strike Team, said in an emailed statement regarding whether the Chinese aircraft was approaching them.
“During the attack on the South China Sea, all communications between ships and aircraft were in compliance with international standards and did not affect our operations.”
A senior official familiar with Taiwan’s security planning told Reuters that China is believed to want to send a message to the United States because the aircraft carrier group is sailing in the bus strait that separates Taiwan from the Philippines and leads to the South China Sea.
“This is a strategic threat to the US military. They want the United States to notice their capabilities and want them to restrain their actions,” the official said.
They added that what Taiwan needs to pay attention to is that the Chinese military has already begun exercises in the air defense identification zone (air defense identification zone) in southeastern Taiwan.
The source said that this “to some extent is aimed at our deployment in the east and increase the air defense pressure around our air defense identification zone.”
There are two main air bases on the east coast of Taiwan, and the hangars are dug from the side of the mountain to provide protection in the event of a Chinese attack.
#Chinese people A warship in the South China Sea in early June.The first view shows the 901 supply ships CHAGANHU 967 and 052D #Destroyer Nanning 162; CHAGANHU entered service at the end of 2018, NANNING May 2021.The last view shows the Type 071 amphibious ship Qilianshan 985, which also entered service in May pic.twitter.com/ltNnvZdpiV
— Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) June 16, 2021
In recent days, China has also deployed surveillance troops in the disputed South China Sea.
The U.S. military recently reported Chinese spy ship at Yongshu Jiao, NanshaIt is considered to be China’s most advanced base in the vast sea.
The Chinese maritime patrol team and the air patrol ship at the airport on the island were also seen in the area.
According to reports and social media posts, there have been reports in the South China Sea in recent weeks that supply ships, destroyers and amphibious ships have also appeared in the South China Sea.