Perhaps sensing America’s foreign-policy weakness, China has reportedly deployed a record-breaking, approximately 80 military planes into Taiwan’s air defense zone in the last two days.
The CCP, which continues to saber-rattle about taking control of Taiwan, demonstrated its air power, which included fighter jets, bombers, and anti-submarine aircraft, during the mainland’s celebration of National Day. commemorating the founding of the communist People’s Republic of China in 1949.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry described the ominous first incursion on October 1 as not a good day. “The #PLAAF flew 38 warplanes into #Taiwan‘s ADIZ, making it the largest number of daily sorties on record. Threatening? Of course.”
“The Chinese jets never violated Taiwan’s territory, but the Taiwan military did scramble fighter jets in response to the aggression. Taiwan also tracked the Chinese aircraft on its air defense systems, the island’s Defense Ministry said in a statement,” Fox News reported.
But as the New York Times noted, the show of force by People’s Liberation Army aircraft near Taiwan’s airspace added “muscle to Beijing’s warnings that it could ultimately use force to take hold of the island.”
After President Joe Biden’s botched U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, China perhaps may believe that time is on their side sooner rather than later when to comes to exerting dominion over Taiwan, a democracy officially known as the Republic of China.
Oct. 1 wasn't a good day. The #PLAAF flew 38 warplanes into #Taiwan's ADIZ, making it the largest number of daily sorties on record. Threatening? Of course. It's strange the #PRC doesn't bother faking excuses anymore. JW
— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) 🇹🇼 (@MOFA_Taiwan) October 2, 2021
Authoritarian China is obviously rapidly expanding its economic, military, and political influence across the globe, with the aim of becoming the world’s primary superpower.
Ex-President Donald Trump is the only U.S. president in recent memory who stood up to China currently under Xi Jinping on the massive trade imbalance and other key issues.
Parenthetically, using its political apparatus, the CCP has very unfortunately already crushed the pro-democracy movement in semi-autonomous Hong Kong, eliminating free speech in the process, with minimal pushback from the international community.
“The flights did not suggest an imminent threat of war over Taiwan, said several analysts, but they did reflect Beijing’s increasingly unabashed signaling that it wants to absorb the self-ruled island and will not rule out military means to do so,” the Times observed. “The strain of responding to China’s regular intrusions is wearing on Taiwanese pilots and aircraft, and it could be affecting the island’s overall vigilance, experts said.”
This turn of events prompted this tweet from the General Mark Milley parody account:
“I called my Chinese counterpart to once again inform him that I won’t let the United States do anything that might be misconstrued as a deterrent. I reassured the CCP that they can carry on with their efforts to dominate the Pacific and (hopefully someday) the world,” the account irreverently stated.
I called my Chinese counterpart to once again inform him that I won’t let the United States do anything that might be misconstrued as a deterrent. I reassured the CCP that they can carry on with their efforts to dominate the Pacific and (hopefully someday) the world. https://t.co/ELgEJjI1JW
— General Milley (@GeneralMiIIey) October 2, 2021
The tweet was a callback to the controversial admission by the woke Joint Chiefs of Staff chair, as revealed in Bob Woodward’s new book, that he apparently told his CCP military opposite number that he would give China advance warning of any attack ordered by President Trump.
“Taiwan’s security increasingly depends on the United States, which provides most of its weapons. Under a 1979 law, the United States could intervene in an attempted military takeover of Taiwan, but it is not obliged to do so,” the Times explained.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 30, 2021
Pressure-applying China “has been sending aircraft into Taiwan’s defense zone, on a near-daily basis in recent years, but this has ramped up dramatically in recent days,” according to the Times.
The defense zone is a larger area than its airspace, the latter which is 12 nautical miles from a country’s coastline pursuant to international law.
The latest aggressive activity by the CCP military flights prompted condemnation from the U.S. State Department, which described it as “provocative” and “destabilizing” in the context of regional peace.
Watch a report on the flyovers from DW News:
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