Taiwan media on Monday (September 28) reported that another PLA fighter jet entered the airspace southwest of Taiwan on September 28, marking the 13th consecutive day for PLA fighters to enter the airspace. The frequent presence of PLA warplanes in the vicinity of Taiwan and their training exercises in recent days has aroused concern in Taiwan.
Taiwan media “liberty times” 28 reported that the people’s liberation army military aircraft since mid-september to enter Taiwan’s airspace every day, this morning at 6 o ‘clock in the morning more 47 minutes into the airspace in southwestern Taiwan area air defense recognition, was a air force “broadcast from record 13 days in a row,” also appeared as early as this month, however, did not deliberately overstepped again “the line”.
Tensions between Taipei and Beijing have risen sharply in recent months. Beijing claims Taiwan as its territory and USES force if necessary.
The Freedom Times reported on September 27 that at 8:26 am on September 27, another PLA fighter aircraft entered the “Air Defense Identification Zone” (ADIZ) in the airspace southwest of Taiwan at an altitude of 4,000 meters. It was the 12th day in a row that the PLA aircraft did not seem to consider the airspace to be part of the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and took no notice of the broadcast expulsion.
According to Taiwan’s United Daily News, the PLA also sent two anti-submarine aircraft carrying 8 into Taiwan’s southwest Air Defense Identification Zone on March 21 and 22, respectively. On May 19, two H-6 bombers, 12 J-16 fighters, two J-11 fighters, two J-10 fighters and one Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft entered the southwest and northwest airspace of Taiwan and crossed the middle line of the Taiwan Straits.
Two H-6 bombers, eight J-16 fighters, four J-11 fighters and four J-10 fighters “harassed” Taiwan on the morning of October 18, 12 of which crossed the mid-line of the Sea and FJG. A total of two anti-submarine aircraft carrying 8 entered the southwest Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over Taiwan on July 17.
At a regular press conference on Sept. 21, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory and there is no such thing as a “middle channel” in response to allegations that PLA warplanes flew over Taiwan. Taiwan media said this should be a direct and public statement rarely seen by the mainland authorities in many years, and it may become normal for military aircraft, ships and even civilian fishing boats from the mainland to cross the “Middle Line” in the future.
Taiwan United News Network reported on September 22 that Li Jie, former head of Taiwan’s defense department, published the exact coordinates of the “middle line” for the first time in May 2004 during a consultation with Taiwan’s legislature, as evidence of cross-strait activities in their respective areas.
Taiwan said last Monday that its armed forces have the right to defend themselves and strike back in the event of “harassment and threats,” Reuters reported last Monday. This is clearly a warning to Mainland China.
Taiwan’s defence ministry said in a statement that it had a “clearly defined” procedure for its first response to “frequent harassment and threats by enemy warships and aircraft this year”. The defence ministry said Taiwan had the right to “defend itself and strike back” and followed a policy of “avoiding escalation of conflict and not triggering incidents”. It added that Taiwan would not stir up trouble but was “not afraid of the enemy”.
The increased U.S. support for Taiwan has angered China, including two visits by senior U.S. officials in as many months — one by Health Secretary Alex Azar in August and another by State Department undersecretary for Economic affairs Keith Krach the previous week. The United States has no formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but the island’s strongest international supporter. The United States is also planning to sell Taiwan large new weapons.
China held a rare large-scale military exercise near Taiwan this month, which Taipei described as a grave provocation. China says the exercises are necessary to protect its sovereignty.
At a regular press conference of China’s Ministry of National Defense on September 24, a reporter asked a question, saying that according to media reports, the PLA military aircraft recently conducted a series of exercises in the airspace near Taiwan, in response to which Taiwan’s leader said that the mainland should exercise restraint. What is your comment on that?
Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, deputy director of the Information bureau of China’s Ministry of National Defence and a spokesman for the ministry, said Taiwan was an inalienable part of China. The PLA’s live-fire exercises in the Taiwan Straits demonstrate its resolve and capability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity against interference by external forces and a small number of “Taiwan independence” separatists and their separatist activities. Ignoring the safety and well-being of our compatriots in Taiwan, the DEMOCRATIC Progressive Party (DPP) continues to provoke confrontation between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits and carry out provocations to seek independence and jeopardize peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits. This attempt is doomed to fail. If the “Taiwan independence” secessionist forces dare to make Taiwan secede from China under any name or by any means, we will resolutely defeat it at all costs.
On September 17, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in response to The visit that China firmly opposes any form of official exchanges between the US and Taiwan. This position is consistent and clear, adding that “China will make necessary response according to the development of the situation.”
Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defense, said on September 18 that the PLA’s eastern Theater Command has been conducting combative exercises near the Taiwan Straits since September 18. Ren said the exercise is a justified and necessary action taken in response to the current situation across the Taiwan Straits and to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and the Taiwan question is purely China’s internal affair, which Brooks no outside interference. Ren guoqiang said that recently the US and the DEMOCRATIC Progressive Party authorities have stepped up their links and frequently created troubles, whether it is to control China with Taiwan or to seize self-respect, this is wishful thinking and doomed to die. Those who play with fire will get burned.
“The PLA has a firm consciousness, full confidence and sufficient capability to thwart any interference or secessionist ACTS by outside forces and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Ren said.
Zhang Chunhui, spokesperson of the PLA Eastern Theater Command, said on Sept. 18 that the PLA Eastern Theater Command has organized a combat readiness patrol and sea-air joint exercise in the Taiwan Strait to test the level of integrated multi-service and arms joint operations. Relevant action is a necessary measure to deal with the current situation across the Taiwan Straits and is conducive to enhancing the capability of the theater forces to safeguard national unity and territorial sovereignty and security. The armed forces in the theater of Operations are resolute in performing their duties and missions, and have the confidence and determination to thwart any attempt by any person or force to carry out separatist activities aimed at “Taiwan independence” in any form.
On Sept. 18, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized China’s “military bluster.” “We sent a delegation to a funeral and the Chinese apparently responded with a howl of force,” Mr Pompeo said.
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said at a regular press conference on September 16 that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s sacred territory. The relevant war training activities of the PLA are necessary actions in response to the current security situation across the Taiwan Straits and the need to safeguard national sovereignty.
Zhang Zheping, vice minister of military and political affairs of Taiwan’s defense ministry, responded that China’s military exercise into the Taiwan ADIZ has caused a serious impact on Taiwan’s air defense and posed a great threat to regional stability and peace. Moreover, these military actions have taken place on international air routes and will also have an impact on the flight safety of international civil aviation.
Mr. Zhang said he wasn’t aware of the intentions of the Communist Party’s month-long military campaigns, but he said ‘we should never underestimate the determination of Taiwan’s military to protect our homeland or ignore the Taiwanese people’s firm will to ensure freedom and democracy.’ The Taiwan military is absolutely confident and capable of jointly safeguarding national security with the People of Taiwan.