Taiwan’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday reported that 29 Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, including 18 H-6 bombers.
An ADIZ is an area where a country requires foreign aircraft to identify itself, but the concept is not covered under any international treaties and has no international regulations. Taiwan claims an ADIZ that extends over mainland China, but it doesn’t report Chinese military activity in those areas.
The bombers flew in the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, far from the island, but the sorties still represent an uptick in Chinese military activity in the region since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) visited Taipei in August.
According to The South China Post, the sorties marked a record-high number of Chinese bombers in the area since Taiwan began releasing daily updates on Chinese military activity in the region back in September 2020. China’s activity increased around the same time when the Trump administration sent the highest-level cabinet officials to visit Taiwan since Washington severed diplomatic relations with Taipei in 1979.
Since Pelosi visited Taiwan, China has frequently been sending planes over the median line, the unofficial barrier that separates the Taiwan Strait. The line was drawn by the US in the 1950s and was rarely crossed by China until very recently.
According to Japan Times, China flew 302 sorties across the median line in August. Between 1954 and August 2020, China flew across the barrier only four times. Between September 2020 and Pelosi’s visit, Chinese warplanes made the flight 23 times.
Tensions between the US and China are set to rise further as unprecedented military aid for Taiwan is included in the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, which has been passed by the House and is expected to clear the Senate this week. Responding to the bill, which would give Taiwan $3 billion annually, China’s Foreign Ministry said the US should stop “using Taiwan to contain China, stop military contact with Taiwan, and refrain from further undermining China-US relations.”
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“China’s Foreign Ministry said the US should stop “using Taiwan to contain China, stop military contact with Taiwan, and refrain from further undermining China-US relations.” What a bunch of hogwash.
China is right.
Taiwan is a huge piece of the “first island chain” that closes off the Chinese coast. Looking at a map explains. It fills the gap between bases on Okinawa and the former and intended bases in the Philippines.
Without Taiwan to close that gap, China would have access to the Pacific in dramatically increased ways.
Real Americans know that China is next after Russia and Iran become US occupied colonies along with the European branch of NATO.
Listen to Hollywood’s retired general talking heads for the real scoop.
sounds like a plan, right? someone should set up a “Patriot Hat” concession shop, like rock concert T-shirts. too bad the cool red ones were appropriated already by the MAGA guys
Perhaps we can convince the MAGAs to put aside their weapons and be the people’s poll exit interviewers. That way there will be scientific testing of the party’s claims. MAGAs might be proud to help real democracy happen.
That is the plan, just as they had a plan for a series of wars after Iraq.
The mess that is Ukraine may limit the messes meant to follow, in the same way that the mess of Iraq stalled out the intended wars meant to follow it.
The lying ,cheating bastards running this Empire are nuts,crazy whatever term you like. A war with China many thousands of miles from any danger to the US is asinine and suicidal for all humanity.Faced with the economic demise of their world rule the Masters of Mankind have set upon a course to kill everyone and everthing.
Those model aircraft and that flight plan are suitable to launch air-launched cruise missile attacks of the sort that dominate Ukraine’s War and Israeli attacks on Syria.
This particular flight plan would take the launch point clear of defenses, and allow missiles to reach targets avoiding defenses oriented toward the Mainland, or even to reach the far shore or ships approaching the island.
This is a significant demonstration of Chinese ability to isolate Taiwan by stand off attacks, rather than “invade.”
ADIZ is completely meaningless and this is yet more useless propaganda. China’s planes are in the ADIZ just parked on the runway.
China could do likewise and establish an ADIZ that encompass all of Taiwan.
If anyone knows how to ‘eff’ this up IT’S US (A).
WORLD WAR THREE Anyone?
I’m rather inclined toward China’s opinion and I think the US needs to re-evaluate its policies with regard to China and Taiwan.
And it is time to keep Nancy grounded…
Several months ago, probably more like half a year ago, the US reported in one of its articles that artillery shells or Stingers or one of the other pieces of military gear had to be shared between Taiwan and Ukraine, and that the US did not have sufficient inventory to fully supply both nations.
The promise of the US to use all of its Patriot missiles in Ukraine might be just the push China needed to revisit the idea of attacking or blockading Taiwan. Probably blockading.
From the time it took for usage in Ukraine to deplete US artillery stockpiles, it seems that this is premature.
On the other hand, if Russia IS planning on a winter offensive in Ukraine, maybe the idea is to make this a two front war for the US. It has been long enough since the Pelosi trip to Taiwan for China to do all of the preparations.
I just hope it stays conventional.
A kids game of Risk for a few dollars and of course an allusionary power reip for the king of the hill praying for boxer rebellion ll
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