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After Biden Pledged to Defend Taiwan, Chinese Warplanes Violate Country’s Air Defense Zone

After Biden Pledged to Defend Taiwan, Chinese Warplanes Violate Country’s Air Defense Zone

“The latest Chinese mission included 22 fighters, as well as electronic warfare, early warning and antisubmarine aircraft.”

Almost a week after U.S. President Joe Biden vowed to respond “militarily” if China attacked Taiwan, 30 warplanes of the Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA) violated the Taiwanese air defense zone.

“Nine types of planes, including two Su-35s, enter the island’s air defence zone as part of the biggest mainland patrol in four months,” The South China Morning Post newspaper noted on Tuesday.

The latest PLA incursion mainly included Russian and Chinese-made fighter jets and aircraft equipped with electronic warfare capabilities. “The other planes were two KJ-500 early warning and control aircraft, four Y-8 electronic intelligence aircraft, one Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft, one Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, six J-16 fighters, eight J-11 fighters, four J-10 fighters, and two Su-30 fighters,” the Hong Kong-based daily added.

In recent air incursions, the Chinese military has deployed nuclear-capable bombers to intimidate Taiwan, the tiny independent island nation Beijing considers a renegade province and seeks to annex.

Reuters reported details of the Chinese incursion:

Taiwan on Monday reported the largest incursion since January by China’s air force in its air defence zone, with the island’s defence ministry saying Taiwanese fighters scrambled to warn away 30 aircraft in the latest uptick in tensions.

Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has complained for the past two years or so of repeated missions by China’s air force near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of its air defence identification zone, or ADIZ, close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

Taiwan calls China’s repeated nearby military activities “grey zone” warfare, designed to both wear out Taiwan’s forces by making them repeatedly scramble, and also to test Taiwan’s responses.

The latest Chinese mission included 22 fighters, as well as electronic warfare, early warning and antisubmarine aircraft, the Taiwan ministry said. (…)

Taiwan sent combat aircraft to warn away the Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them, the ministry said.

It was the largest incursion since Taiwan reported 39 Chinese aircraft in its ADIZ on Jan. 23.

Monday’s incursion comes after last month’s large-scale military exercises conducted by the PLA near Taiwan. “The Chinese army sent frigates, bombers and fighter planes to the East China Sea and held multi-arms joint combat readiness patrols in the sea and airspace around Taiwan,” the German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported on April 15.

Following Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Taiwanese government fears a Chinese invasion of their sovereign island nation. According to Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense, Beijing could launch a “full-scale invasion” as early as 2025.

China Forges Anti-U.S. Alliance, Flexes Military Muscle

While President Biden sleepwalks from one geopolitical disaster to another, China is forging a military alliance with anti-U.S. regimes like Russia and Iran.

Last week, Chinese and Russian bombers carried out a joint drill near Japan as President Biden was addressed at a meeting of the Quad nations in Tokyo. (Quad is a U.S.-led four-nation alliance comprising Australia, Japan, and India. In 2017, the bloc was revived by President Donald Trump to address China’s growing military hostility in the region.) Both China and Russia have border disputes with Japan.

In January, China, Russia, and Iran conducted naval war games in the Indian Ocean. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated terrorist group, took part in the drill.


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The Gentle Grizzly | May 31, 2022 at 2:06 pm

In response, our Commander in Chief said, “I still remember talking with Beau when I was driving semi, and…”

taurus the judge | May 31, 2022 at 2:31 pm

The world has lost all respect for us. We are no longer deterrent to anyone.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to taurus the judge. | May 31, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    I understand what you are saying, but, at the same time am relieved we are no longer – apparently – the world’s police force.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to taurus the judge. | May 31, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    Not only has the world lost any and all respect for us the Western powers that were so grateful and happy after Biden defeated Trump and “won the election” now consider Biden and the United States to be a joke. A bad joke. And the tyrants of the world know it also. So don’t expect the CCP of backing down. They know Biden has nothing. Don’t expect Iran to stop developing an atomic weapon. They know Joe has nothing. Don’t expect Russia to back down. They amply know that Joe has nothing in response.

    Welcome to the New World Order!

    Isn’t it amazing how the leftists running our government give the world to fascists, but turn the forces of government against YOU AND I?

healthguyfsu | May 31, 2022 at 3:27 pm

Biden admin will meet this with all of the careful planning and execution of the Afghanistan efforts.

Remember to point this out when when you hear someone say re Trump vs Biden that the world is not laughing at us.

This is what happens when you allow a corrupt, grifting, senile mental retard to steal a presidential election.

But hey! No mean tweets!

henrybowman | May 31, 2022 at 4:43 pm

This is all our fault, for chanting “Fuck Joe Biden.”
China saw that nothing happened to us when we did it,
and it gave them Ideas.

Does Taiwan have extensive anti-air and anti-ship systems? If not, why not?

Do they have any variant of Iron Dome?

The aircraft mix defines the purpose. This is nothing but an intelligence collection flight.

texansamurai | June 1, 2022 at 8:45 am

if so inclined, cannot see why the chinese would launch some sort of half-hearted attack as putin did in ukraine–why?–there is no military force left that could interdict/prevent a major chinese attack against taiwan–while we might have a battle group (or two) in the vicinity it is questionable whether they could defend themselves from an all-out attack by aircraft / missiles or both– let alone interdict a major assault against taiwan–if the chinese do attack, could easily escalate to a nuke exchange (be it tactically / strategically) to interdict the attack / eliminate the defense

a rather delicate problem–and am afraid fjb and his cohorts lack the skill or the will to handle it properly–if all you can do is bribe or appease then you have nothing to deter a criminal/bully/aggressor’s use of genuine force