US B-1 Bombers Near Taiwan Send Latest Message To China


In recent months Chinese military aircraft have increasingly violated Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) as part of its Gray Zone operations. This is, among other things, an apparent attempt to repeatedly demonstrate China’s belief that Taiwan is a province of China and there is no legally binding line between Taiwan and mainland China.

In response, the U.S. has ramped up its military ties to the democratic island and increased its own military operations in the area. Last week was the latest show of support. Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers were seen on Friday to the east of the island nation.

The National Interest noted:

The U.S. bombers, which had departed from Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) in Guam, headed northwest on a course for the East China or South China Seas. According to additional reports via social media, two KC-135R Stratotrankers refueled the American bombers during the flight, which was an indication that these were on a long-distance mission.

These supersonic strategic bombers are particularly menacing to China. They have recently been tested launching AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, or JASSM, from an external pylon on its fuselage in December. This paves the way for the B-1 bomber to carry hypersonic missiles very soon.

Earlier in 2020 the B-1 also test-launched the latest Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) to counter China’s growing naval fleet. As Peter Sucio notes:

The B-1B has the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. It can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time.

But these B-1 bombers weren’t the only aircraft in the area. As Sucio adds:

…a Chinese Shaanxi Y-9 reconnaissance aircraft was also spotted in the East China Sea heading in a southwesterly direction. The “spy plane” crossed the Miyako Strait before turning west, where it then headed toward the eastern sector of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) off the coast of Hualien County. Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) fighter jets were scrambled to intercept and escort the Chinese Y-9.

Additionally, on Monday, a Chinese Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft also crossed into Taiwan’s ADIZ. This was the thirteenth day in a row Chinese aircraft have violated the island’s ADIZ.

The situation near Taiwan is increasingly tense as China continues to bully and threaten Taiwan. But under the Trump administration the U.S. has made it abundantly clear that the U.S. stands by its Taiwanese ally.

Let’s hope the incoming Biden administration will do the same.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Jerry
Jerry
3 days ago

At least if China attacks it won’t be with a virus and we can shoot back.

Keith C. Haas
3 days ago
Reply to  Jerry

Yes: Shoot back with a democrat congressman’s sperm gun

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
3 days ago

To Biden, our best weapons are little more than inventory for sale.

ansa treanor
ansa treanor
3 days ago

I was in the Phillippines a few years ago and China was grabbing the islands right near El Nido Island.. even atolls.. coral formations not yet an islands on the one I saw on their news two men were living on a wrecked freighter in an area belonging to the Philippines, they were being shot at by the Chinese when one of them left the freighter to.dive for fish for their meals. Seemed very threatening. I do feel for Taiwan, have been there several times as guest of Taiwanese government first time. Very progressive country and friendly people.

Shannon
Shannon
3 days ago

Prayerfully, smarter heads than Biden will be in charge of any military conflict that may arise with China. That was one really great thing about Pres. Trump- he made it quite clear there would be dire consequences if China messed with the US.

Capn Jack
Capn Jack
3 days ago

The Demorats will throw Taiwan under the bus at their first opportunity

Keith C. Haas
3 days ago

Under Biden administration Joe will kiss China’s rear end and send Hunter over to collect some more cash for the Biden family slush fund. No way in hell will Biden ever be a deterrent threat to China.

Marina
Marina
3 days ago

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Ted Dunn
Ted Dunn
2 days ago

I would not trust Biden and his treasonous administration to do anything right. Not for our nation or our allies. He is a brain dead piece of trash. I hope the military will do what is right to repel the communist aggression against any nation on this earth. The only good red is a dead red.

AmFer
2 days ago
Reply to  Ted Dunn

Keep in mind, the President of the USA is the Commander in Chief!! Frightening thought w/Biden

rand a haapapuro
rand a haapapuro
2 days ago

time to step up the pressure and show more of the usa flag. i think a naval carrier group between tiawan and china would be a big slap in china’s face.then if china gets froggy use the nuclear option.


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