Taipei to send military aircraft, ships to counter Chinese cross-strait activities


As China escalates its gray zone tactics against Taiwan, Taipei has announced that it will be sending military planes and ships to counter Chinese military activities near its borders.

Taiwan Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said Beijing is conducting electronic warfare and reconnaissance, but Taiwan has taken countermeasures.

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As China escalates its gray zone tactics against Taiwan, Taipei has announced that it will be sending military planes and ships to counter Chinese military activities near its borders.

Taiwan Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said Beijing is conducting electronic warfare and reconnaissance, but Taiwan has taken countermeasures.

He added that the country’s contingency planning takes into account the implications for future surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The military is able to deal with any threat that arises, stressed Chiu.

Since mid-September last year, Beijing has been stepping up its gray area tactics by regularly sending planes into the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), with most cases occurring in the southwest corner of the zone and usually consisting of three slow-flying turboprop Planes.

In the past few months, Taiwan has reported the intrusion of Chinese fighter planes into ADIZ almost daily.

Meanwhile, China has announced that its cross-strait military activities are aimed at “separatists” in Taiwan and “outside forces”. “[We] have prepared extensively for the separatist activities of Taiwan’s independence and the interference of external forces, “the South China Morning Post quoted Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian as saying.

Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of nearly 24 million people off the southeast coast of mainland China, despite the fact that the two sides have been ruled separately for more than seven decades.

Taipei, on the other hand, has countered Chinese aggression by strengthening strategic ties with democracies, including the US, against which Beijing has repeatedly spoken out. China has threatened that “Taiwan’s independence” means war.

China recently put three warships into service, including a large amphibious assault ship it is adding to its fleet in the South China Sea.

The Global Times Newsper, affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party, reported that the ships were the country’s first 075 amphibious assault ship, a large destroyer, and a nuclear-powered strategic ballistic-missile submarine.

Countries like Jan and the US have spoken about the need for cross-strait peace and stability.

Earlier this month, Janese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and US President Joe Biden said in their joint statement at their first face-to-face meeting at the White House that they “underscore the importance of cross-strait peace and stability” and “resolve problems peacefully.” the cross strait.

(With contributions from agencies)

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