China Tests Biden – Sends Record 15 Military Aircraft Toward Taiwan

In a clear message to President Joe Biden, China sent at least 15 military aircraft into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday, January 24, just four days after Biden’s Inauguration. This was the highest number of Chinese military aircraft breaching Taiwan’s ADIZ in one day so far this year.

Previously China would send between one and three planes into Taiwan’s ADIZ, though much larger numbers have also been seen in recent months.

The day before that, on Saturday January 23, China launched upwards of 13 military aircraft into Taiwan’s ADIZ.

Per the Taiwanese (Republic of China) Ministry of Defense (ROC MOD), one Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, four J-16 jet fighters and eight multi-engine long-range H-6k bombers were included in Saturday’s 13 aircraft incursion. Taiwan’s Air Force reportedly scrambled a total of 26 jet fighters to counter seven of these incursions in the southwest corner of its ADIZ, the Liberty Times reported.

The Sunday incursions with 15 aircraft, according to the ROC MOD, consisted of two Y-8s, SU-30 strike fighters, four J-16 fighters, six J-10 fighters, and one Y-8 reconnaissance plane. These incursions were all near the Pratas Islands.

“Airborne alert sorties had been tasked, radio warnings issued, and air defense missile systems deployed to monitor the activity,” the ROC MOD said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group entered the South China Sea on Saturday to promote “freedom of the seas,” the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement.

“After sailing through these waters throughout my 30-year career, it’s great to be in the South China Sea again, conducting routine operations, promoting freedom of the seas, and reassuring allies and partners,” Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo, commander of the strike group, was quoted as saying by NBC News.

Significantly, Taiwan’s de facto ambassador in Washington, Hsiao Bi-khim, attended Biden’s swearing-in on Wednesday. According to ABS-CBN News, Emily Horne, spokeswoman for the Biden National Security Council, said soon after that the U.S. commitment to Taiwan was “rock-solid.”

Joe Biden will now have to show how he will respond to an increasingly belligerent China, even as he has said at times prior to his election that he intends to ‘normalize’ relations with the communist regime, after President Trump’s more assertive and confrontational approach.

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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jjofaz
6 months ago

…and the president slept.

Mary Geiger
6 months ago
Reply to  jjofaz

Hopefully he doesn’t oversleep.

Gggtyu
Gggtyu
6 months ago

Haha no surprise here.

YO VINNIE
YO VINNIE
6 months ago

3rd World joe…….hmmm mmm …..I feel like ordering Chinese take-out for dinner tonight. What do yo think, mrs. what’s up doc biden? Chinese take-out for dinner, hon?

Lisa
Lisa
6 months ago

China is lining demented old Joe’s pockets and he’s a coward, won’t do anything.

AmFer
6 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

Biden is trapped between a rock and a hard place. Hmmm, now what do I do???

Carlo
Carlo
6 months ago

He will take it sideways

Roy
Roy
6 months ago

And Joe said to XI, C’mon man, you know I’ve done all you asked so give me a break. Don’t expose, to my subjects, that Hunter and I colluded with you guys for money.
Take Taiwan but do it quietly XI. Okay? I’m on your side Man, so don’t forget okay!

mark rueckl
mark rueckl
6 months ago

this feckless idiot will be crapping his diaper! scary world outside of his basement…!

proudmomoffive
proudmomoffive
6 months ago

Why is this a “test” for Sleepy Joe? He is in China’s pocket. I’m sure he sees it as an opportunity. I’m sure he welcomes it. Joe Biden will see the downfall of America and the surging of China as the number one global power as mission accomplished.

Scotty
Scotty
6 months ago

Joe is bought and paid for by China. He will do what ever they say because he is corrupt and weak!

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