The Chinese regime has continued to encroach on the airspace around Taiwan. At the same time, the Chinese military began exercises in the South China Sea and the Bohai Sea on Feb. 27.
According to China’s Maritime Safety Administration, the Hainan Maritime Safety Administration issued a navigation warning on the 25th. It states that from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, military training will be conducted in some waters of the South China Sea, and it is forbidden to enter.
The Liaoning Maritime Safety Administration also issued a navigation warning. From Feb. 27 to Mar. 13, military missions will be carried out in the Bohai Strait and the northern part of the Yellow Sea.
The outside world has been concerned about China’s attitude in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and whether the conflict between Russia and Ukraine will impact Taiwan.
According to the co-aircraft dynamics released by the Taiwan Air Force on the evening of the 26th, eight Chinese military aircraft flew into the so-called “Southwest Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone” (ADIZ) on Saturday (Feb. 26), marking the 15th intrusion this month.
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said these aircraft include four Shenyang J-11 fighter jets, two Shenyang J-16 fighters, and two Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
However, the U.S. once again showed its firm support for Taiwan’s security.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense confirmed on the 26th that a destroyer of the U.S. Navy passed through the Taiwan Strait from south to north.
According to Reuters, the U.S. Navy said the guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson conducted ‘routine’ transit through international waters.
“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” 7th Fleet spokesperson Nicholas Lingo said in a statement. “The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows.”
The Eastern Theatre Command of China’s People’s Liberation Army monitored the passage, which a spokesperson in a statement called a “provocative act.”
The United States has made many moves to warn China that Taiwan is one of its many allies in Asia and takes Taiwan’s security seriously when threatened.
Reuters reported that U.S. President Joe Biden sent a delegation of former senior defense and security officials to Taiwan on Mar. 1 to express support for Taiwan at this sensitive time. This is a concrete move by the US to demonstrate its firm security commitment to Taiwan, especially when the situation in Ukraine is tense.