Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu explained on Wednesday that The large-scale exercise of the Chinese army showed that the military threat of China is “more serious than ever”, after warning a day earlier that at least 29 Chinese planes were in its air defense zone.
According to Taipei, at least one telecommunications plane, another reconnaissance plane, six bombers, two control and alert planes, 17 fighters of the “J-16”, “Su-30” and “PLA J-11” models have been involved in the operation. ″, a tanker aircraft and an attack submarine. A violation that, according to the Taiwanese authorities, has already occurred at least nine times since the end of May.
In response, Taipei sent planes, including bombers, flying to the south of the island and in the Pacific, while missile systems kept watch.
It is the largest incursion since Taiwan reported the presence of 30 Chinese planes in its ADIZ on May 30. The largest to date this year occurred on January 23, with 39 aircraft. There was no immediate comment from China, which has in the past said these moves were shams intended to protect the country’s sovereignty. “But there is no way for Taiwan to give in and hand over its sovereignty and democracy to the big bully. No way”Wu said on Twitter.
Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has complained in recent years of repeated Chinese air force missions near the democratically-ruled island, often in the southwestern part of its air defense identification zone, or ADIZ. , near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands. Taiwan calls China’s repeated nearby military activities a “grey zone war,” designed both to wear down Taiwanese forces by repeatedly forcing them to relocate, and to test Taiwanese responses.
The latest Chinese mission included 17 fighters and six H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare, early warning, anti-submarine and aerial refueling aircraft, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said. Last month, the Chinese military said it had held an exercise around Taiwan as a “solemn warning” against its “collusion” with the United States.
Meanwhile, a US State Department spokesman told Reuters in an email that Beijing should “cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure and intimidation against Taiwan.”
China has stepped up pressure on Taiwan to accept its sovereignty claims. The Taipei government says it wants peace but will defend itself if attacked.