Eight bombers and four fighter jets belonging to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) entered Taiwan’s air zone, which raised alarms in the island’s Air Force and led it to deploy its entire monitoring apparatus to control the controversial incursion.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry reported that eight bombers and four fighters crossed into its air defense identification zone on Saturday morning, the South China Morning Post reported. While air incursions with one or two aircraft had been repeatedly detected and reported during 2020, this is the first time the airspace invasion has been carried out with what could be a sizable organized attack troop.
Unusual is the presence of so many Chinese fighter jets on this mission, consisting of eight nuclear-capable H-6 K bombers and four J-16 fighter jets, Taiwan reported.
Taiwan’s air force upon noticing the cluster of aircraft, deployed an emergency protocol that included warning the aircraft to immediately vacate the airspace and deploying missiles to monitor.
“Airborne warning sorties were commissioned, radio warnings were issued and air defense missile systems were deployed to monitor the activity,” it said in a brief Taiwanese Air Force statement.
For the moment, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) did not comment on the matter, while the international community awaits some kind of reasonable explanation to justify the controversial intimidating acts carried out by its military apparatus.
The CCP claims Taiwan as its own territory, and its position has been a cause of confrontation with other countries in recent years, especially with the United States, which during the Trump administration, was an absolute defender of the freedoms and independence of the island over the communist regime.
Regarding the constant violations of Taiwan’s airspace, specialists agree that more than an intimidation for the inhabitants of the island, it could be a provocative and concrete threat to the United States and its allies.
After the inauguration of President Joe Biden, it remains unknown what his position will be regarding the CCP’s advances and threats on Taiwan. Although Emily Horne, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, stated that the U.S. commitment to Taiwan remained firm, there are many doubts considering that President Biden and the CCP have a common political agenda, which will probably make them work together following the same line and similar objectives.