The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) plane came in two waves, the defense ministry said.
Twenty-five PLA fighter jets landed in the right corner of ADIZ during daylight hours and 13 more planes landed on the island’s right-hand ADIZ on Friday night, the ministry said in a statement.
In the afternoon, Chinese planes from Sorti landed in the far northeast part of ADIZ, while the planes involved in the evening flight flew through the defense zone and turned east and returned to mainland China, the defense ministry said. .
According to the Defense Ministry, the 25 PLA aircraft involved in daylight included 18 J-16 fighters, four Su-30 fighters, two H-6 bombers and one Y-8 anti-submarine fighter jet.
Subsequent flights included 10 J-16s, two H-6s and one KJ-500 Airborne Early Warning aircraft.
The intrusion did not violate Taiwan’s sovereign airspace, which stretches 12 nautical miles from its coastline. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration defines ADIZ as “a specified area of airspace on land or water that requires immediate and positive identification, location and air traffic control of the aircraft in the interests of the country’s national security.”
The infiltration took place on Friday as Beijing was celebrating its 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.
“This is how the PLA chooses to celebrate its national day – military coercion,” posted Drew Thompson, a former U.S. Department of Defense official and senior research fellow visiting the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. On Twitter.
Thompson told CNN, “The PLAAF’s rankings are very regular at the moment, but underline that the PRC’s (People’s Republic of China’s) holiday bombing is a political war and part of a larger coercion campaign.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping has refused to reject military force to occupy Taiwan if necessary.
In the past, analysts have said that PLA flights can serve many purposes for China, both to show the domestic audience the strength of the PLA and to provide Chinese military intelligence and skills in any possible conflict related to Taiwan.
Taiwan and mainland China have been ruled independently since the end of the more than seven-decade-old civil war, in which defeated nationalists fled to Taipei.
However, Beijing considers Taiwan an integral part of its territory – although the Chinese Communist Party has never ruled a democratic island of about 24 million people.
“Taiwan is Taiwan, and it is not part of the People’s Republic of China. The People’s Republic of China has never ruled over Taiwan for a day,” the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Last Thursday, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office issued a statement criticizing Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu for making “Taiwan’s independence speeches” in the international arena.
“Taiwan is an integral part of Chinese territory and has never been a country,” the statement said. “We are telling Joseph Wu and his entourage that unification is the right path and that ‘Taiwan’s independence’ is the end.”
“After the trend of national rejuvenation and unification, the various ‘Taiwan independence’ forces are like a tila after autumn. All kinds of speeches on ‘Taiwan independence’ are nothing but flying fish,” he said.
In response, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council fired back, accusing Beijing of using “extremely hateful language” to denounce and abuse foreign ministers.
And on Saturday, Woo himself reacted to Twitter.
“October 1 was not a good day. #PLAAF flew 38 warplanes into # Taiwan’s ADIZ, making it the highest daily ranking on record. Threat? Of course,” Wu tweeted on Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry account.
Despite the increase in PLA flights and harsh rhetoric from Taiwan, Rand analyst Grossman doesn’t think the fight is close.
“I don’t think there’s a high or even moderate chance of an attack by China or an attack on Taiwan,” he told CNN.
“The PLA still has a number of shortcomings, especially when it comes to coping with close US intervention-perhaps? -With Japanese and Australian support,” he added. “China has misunderstood a failed attack or an attack on Taiwan and will probably do so in due course.”