Taiwan has arranged numerous fighter jets, put its navy on guard, and jacked up missile systems. This is done to return the favour to China’s recent operations of 34 Chinese military aircraft and nine warships.
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These aircraft and warships are a significant part of Beijing’s strategy to frazzle and agitate the Taiwanese.
The wide range of Chinese line-ups are performed as Beijing is trying to increase formations for a potential blockade or an unsubtle attack on Taiwan. These speculations have raised reasonable concerns among military leaders in the United States, which is one of its prominent allies.
In January, US Air Force General Mike Minihan issued a memorandum instructing officers to be on red alert for a US-China combat over Taiwan in 2025. Minihan has a crystal clear understanding of the Chinese military. Being the head of Air Mobility Command, his personal experience suggests the US be highly prepared.
According to Taiwanese Defence Ministry, on Tuesday (31 January) 20 Chinese aircraft went over the centerline in the Strait which has been considered an unofficial buffer zone between both sides for a long time. The region was divided amid civil war in 1949.
China claims this island country as its land. It has, for a long time, tried to take the island by force, while a large number of Taiwanese are against the idea of coming under the rule of China’s authoritarian Communist Party.
Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said that the armed forces have monitored the situation and will respond to these activities accordingly.
China is hoping to break down the nation’s tight defence resources. By doing this it will try to hollow out the immense support people have for pro-independence President Tsai Ing-wen. Chinese fighter jets have also challenged any kind of support to this island nation from the United States and other allied countries over international airspace in the South China and East China seas.
What is the reason behind the military drills?
The display of these military practices by China over this small island country has an important reason behind it. It may be a number of visits conducted in recent months by foreign ministers to Taiwan, that includes former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other various politicians from the European Union in 2022.
On a near daily basis since August 2022, China has been holding military drills by sending warships, fighter jets, bombers, and support aircraft into air spaces and sea spaces surrounding this island country, Taiwan.
China has continuously warned retribution against nations seeking closer-knit relations with Taiwan, but its efforts of threatening other countries have stirred up criticism for China in Europe, the US, Japan, and many other countries.
Taiwan’s Response to Chinese threatening
Taiwan responded to China’s threats by procuring more military equipment from the US, taking advantage of its high-tech economy and democratic policies to reinforce foreign relations, and providing stimulation to its domestic arms industry.
The compulsory military tenure for men is being expanded to one year (earlier it was 4 months). The public opinion surveys that were held on a regular basis found that the public is supporting the increased defence expenditure to stand high against China.
In an interview, last month, a Taiwanese ambassador to the US stated that the island has learned some very significant lessons from the Russian and Ukraine wars. It will help the country retaliate against any attack and invasion by China.
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Well researched work.