After Record 52-Jet Incursion by China, Taiwan Asks Australia for Help, Warning It’s ‘Preparing for War’

Chinese Military Marches in a public square / photo by Ed Johnson via Flickr

This weekend China launched its largest aerial incursions into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in history with a record 52 military jet aircraft on Monday. This followed 38 jets on Friday and another 39 on Saturday. In response, Taiwan scrambled its own F-16 jet fighters and activated its air defense radars and missiles systems.

Reuters reported that:

Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of its air defence zone close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

But since Friday, when China marked its national day, the country has embarked upon a massive ramping up of its missions, with almost 150 aircraft flying into the defence zone over the space of four days.

The latest mission included 34 J-16 fighters and 12 nuclear-capable H-6 bombers, which all flew in an area in the vicinity of the Pratas Islands, according to a map provided by the ministry. A further four Chinese fighters were spotted on Monday night, taking the total to the day to 56 aircraft.

More ominously, in an interview with Australian broadcasting – ABC, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu, warned that Taiwan is preparing for war with China and urged its Australian neighbor to help.

In the interview Wu told ABC that his nation will repel any coming attack, “The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. If China is going to launch a war against Taiwan we will fight to the end, and that is our commitment.”

However, Wu also appealed for help to Australia’s leaders in Canberra by stating: “We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation.”

“And so far, our relations with Australia [are] very good and that is what we appreciate,” Wu added.

While Australia does not formally recognize Taiwan, it has become a key pillar of U.S. effort to contain communist China’s expansionism and belligerence in the region. First as part of the QUAD with India, Japan and the United States, and more recently with the Australia, UK, US, security pact (AUKUS).

The ABC interview is set for broadcast on Monday evening (local time).

Wu ended the interview on a defiant note: “I’m sure that if China is going to launch an attack against Taiwan…they are going to suffer tremendously as well.”ADN

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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charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
15 days ago

Good move would not count on the Bidens for help,joe, the gutless biden, off to see the corrupt governor of Michigan who refused election monitoring, screened off their fraudulent activity under her direction,
to push his lunacris spendind spree and tax programs, that’s right, we have a president who is a coward all day long, Fxxx our open borders with crime, drugs,
illegal virus invasion etc. Biden has no guts, a weak pawn put in , because he and his family are so easy corruptable, joe why not go off to Arizona or Georgia,
or even Pennsylvania where te the election process because of fraud, is under very serious investigations and review. Arizona election results below.
284,412 ballot images were “corrupt or missing”
255,326 early votes don’t have a record in the county
173,104 votes were lost
96,389 ghost votes
23,344 mail-in ballots from people who no longer lived at their recorded address
17,322 duplicate ballots were discovered
9,041 mail-in voters returned more than one ballot
2,382 Arizonans voted in person who did not live in Maricopa County anymore
2,081 people who voted were no longer residents of the state
277 precincts had more ballots cast than residents

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
15 days ago

Australia Now??


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