In response to seeing various Chinese aircraft in its airspace on Thursday, the Taiwanese military scrambled its air force to ready a defense.
This move From China was reported just as Russia also launched its full-scale assault and invasion of the former Soviet state of Ukraine despite the warning of extreme sanctions from the West. This “provocative military action,” as labeled by a U.S. Defense official, crops up as concerns grow that China also has plans to invade Taiwan amid the chaos created by Russia.
This move from China has been reported as “not unusual,” claimed one U.S. Defense official to Fox News in a statement on Thursday. “China has done this in the past a couple months ago, had similar type of events regularly.”
China’s most recent push into the airspace of Taiwan took place on the 23rd of January when a flight of 39 Chinese aircraft flew through Taiwanese defensive space. Taiwan reported, on Thursday, that around nine Chinese planes flew into the airspace of the island nation.
Currently, U.S. officials remain “concerned” by “provocative military action near Taiwan,” continued one official. “The United States will continue to support a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues, consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people on Taiwan”
This past Tuesday, one media figurehead in China wrote out a blog post explaining to Chinese journalists how to correctly cover the Ukraine-Russia Conflict, highlighting deference to Russia and putting out a hint at the possibility of China copying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with its very own invasion of Taiwan. As reported by The Washington Post:
“Simply put, China has to back Russia up with emotional and moral support while refraining from treading on the toes of the United States and European Union,” Ming Jinwei, a popular commentator and senior editor at Xinhua News Agency wrote Tuesday in his WeChat blog.
It doesn’t hurt to be moderately pro-Russian in words, he added, because in the longer run, Beijing is trying to get Russian support on Taiwan. “In the future, China will also need Russia’s understanding and support when wrestling with America to solve the Taiwan issue once and for all,” he wrote.
Russia initiated a full-scale invasion into Ukraine that started with a series of rocket attacks and airstrikes against various cities and military installations. Russia then proceeded to follow this up with a ground invasion that is seeking to close in around Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.