For the third consecutive day, China has had military aircraft flying past Taiwan. The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defence reports on Twitter that they were sixteen aircraft today and that they were both fighter jets and bombers.
It was about 38 fighter planes on Friday and 39 yesterday, the ministry said. They got so close that Taiwan felt compelled to send military aircraft into the air as well.
Beijing says Taiwan is a renegade province and belongs to China. For almost two years, it has been booming that claim by flying fighter planes and bombers to Taiwan. It never came to a confrontation, but the number of fighter jets sending China along the island is increasing. Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang said yesterday that China is endangering peace in the area.
The display of power coincides with the National Day on which China celebrates the 72-year-old of the People‘s Republic. Beijing is still keeping quiet about the aircraft, but in Taiwan the aircraft are seen as provocation.
“Seen as Harassment”
“Taiwan sees it as harassment,” says Ceit correspondent Sjoerd den Daas in the Ceit Radio 1 Journal. “It fits China’s strategy in the region. They constantly put more pressure on the boiler. China seems to want to exhaust them as much as possible.”
Taiwan believes that planes coming there should report,” Den Daas continues. That does not happen, and in response to that, Taiwan sends Air Force aircraft up. “The risk that this will lead to armed conflict in the short term still seems limited, the price for China is presumably too high today.”
Beijing wants to embed Taiwan
Taiwan is an island close to the Chinese coast. It belonged to China until 1949. That year, the Communists of Mao Zedong took control of mainland China. The nationalist government fled to Taiwan, but the communist leaders in Beijing never gave up their claim on the island.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has repeatedly said that he wants to live in the island. Taiwan has the support of the US and Japan, among others.