Chinese forces once again invaded Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sept. 5.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense Affairs reported the Chinese regime penetrated the southwest corner of the ADIZ, north of the disputed Pratas Island.
The arsenal included 10 J-16 multirole fighters, four H-6 bombers (which can carry nuclear weapons), four SU-30 fighters, and one Y-8 anti submarine aircraft.
19 PLA aircraft (Y-8 ASW, H-6*4, J-16*10 and SU-30*4) entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on September 5, 2021. Please check our official website for more information: https://t.co/4krSmean3X pic.twitter.com/1sV3OA4ode— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) September 5, 2021
Taiwan’s Air Force responded with fighter jets to drive the Chinese aircraft away, issuing multiple radio warnings and deploying missile defense systems.
The Chinese regime has not commented on this invasion. It represents the largest incursion since June 15, when at least 28 People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) nuclear-capable fighters and bomber aircraft entered the ADIZ.
PLAAF raids are usually made in response to U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, military activities in the Taiwan Strait, and other events. It is unclear whether Beijing’s latest action was motivated by Taiwan’s annual live-fire exercises that are expected to begin shortly.
In August, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the United States should end official contact and military ties with Taiwan and arms sales to the island. The foreign minister also wants America to reject so-called Taiwan independence separatist forces.
Yi claimed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) might take every necessary step to counter what it calls foreign interference in Taiwan. He warned nobody should underestimate the regime’s determination, firm will, and capabilities.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense Affairs warned lawmakers the CCP could neutralize Taiwan’s air and sea defenses and counterattack systems in its latest annual report. The document expressed greater concern than before about Beijing’s ability to attack the island according to Bloomberg.
The CCP considers Taiwan to be a province of China, under what it calls the “one China policy.” It has not ruled out using military force to prevent the island from declaring full independence. The democratic Taiwanese government, led by Tsai Ing-wen, continues to resist CCP influence to maintain the island’s sovereignty.
Several countries have suffered from CCP aggressions and rallied in support of Taiwan. Close allies include United States, Japan, Australia, and India.