The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and the bodyguard are conducting maneuvers around Taiwan, the Chinese army said in a statement on Monday.
“It is a routine exercise organized according to an annual plan to test the effectiveness of military training and to increase the national defense of sovereignty, security and development interests,” the statement said.
At the same time, at least 10 PLA fighters, including four J-16 and J-10 fighters, Y-8 anti-submarine fighters and the KJ-500 early warning aircraft, entered the zone. Taiwan Self-declared Air Defense (ADIZ), According to the Taiwan Ministry of Defense
The US Federal Aviation Administration defines ADIZ as “a designated area of airspace over land or water in which a country needs immediate and positive determination and control of aircraft air traffic in the interest of security. National of the country “
Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of nearly 24 million people located off the southeastern coast of mainland China, although the two sides have been ruled separately for more than seven decades.
China’s President Xi Jinping has pledged that Beijing will not formally allow the island to be independent and refuse to rule out any use of force to regain the island if necessary.
Tensions in Taiwan have heated up in recent months as Taipei gains U.S. support in the form of new military hardware, an agreement between the US Coast Guard and Taiwan and a highly supportive statement. From the administration of President Joe Biden of the United States.
“We are committed to strengthening our relationship with Taiwan,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said last week.
“China uses coercion and aggression to systematically destroy autonomy in Hong Kong, undercut democracy in Taiwan, violate human rights in Xinjiang and Tibet, and claim maritime rights in the South China Sea that violates international law,” Blinken said.
“We will push back if necessary when China uses coercion or aggression to get it.”
‘Warning’ from Beijing
China’s maneuvers on Monday showed Taiwan’s military superiority, Shi Hong, chief editor-in-chief of China’s Shipborne Weapons magazine, said in a report by the Global Times.
“The drills show that the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) can surround Taiwan, split up its forces and let them run and have no chance of winning if the situation arises,” Shi said.
Plus, the exercise sent messages to both the US and Japan. As US and Japanese military intervention likely came from eastern China, using carrier groups there showed that such aid could be cut.
Western analysts said China had not shown any new capabilities in Monday’s practice.
In fact, China’s aircraft carriers in the Open Pacific could play with one of the U.S. Navy’s strengths: the nuclear power attack submarine (SSN), Thomas Sugar, a senior fellow at the new Center for Security. Of America and the past US Navy captain
“Chinese airlines operating east of Taiwan are not particularly useful for such applications, as there may be vulnerabilities in operations beyond – in SSN-infested deep water and beyond the protective umbrellas.” China integrated air / SAM, ”Shugart said.
But the Chinese military made a political statement, analysts said.
“It is intended to warn people of Taiwan and others that Beijing sees as undermining their interests, not least for Americans,” said Collin Koh, a researcher at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.
Koh pointed out that the PLA Navy fleet had previously operated east of Taiwan at least two times.
The Chinese activities are expected to continue, the PLA said in a statement, that airline operations, such as Monday staging, will be routine.
US carriers operate in the South China Sea.
While Chinese aircraft carriers are conducting exercises outside Taiwan, the US Navy aircraft carrier group is taking action. In the South China Sea
“It is great to be back in the South China Sea to reassure our allies and allies that we remain committed to freedom at sea,” Rear Commander Doug Verissimo, commander of Carrier Strike Group Nine, said in a statement.
“While in the South China Sea, the assault group conducts rotary- and rotary-wing flight, maritime maneuvers, anti-submarine operations, coordinated tactical training and more,” the 7th Navy statement said.
Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea 1.3 million square miles as a sovereign territory and in recent years it has built a military fort on the islands.
It said the presence of foreign military forces such as the US aircraft carrier assault group was creating tensions in the region.