According to the Oriental news website, Taiwan said the Chinese Air Force on February 9 sent many military aircraft such as J-11 fighter jets, early warning aircraft KJ-500 and H-6 bombers to fly. around this territory.
Chinese military aircraft moved west of the Pacific Ocean through the Bashi Strait at 11 noon on February 9, then returned to the Miyako Strait for long-distance training. The Taiwanese Air Force urged F-16 fighters to carry live ammunition and monitor them.
The photo published by Taiwan shows that the distance between the F-16 and H-6 is very close. This is the second time Chinese military aircraft have flown over Taiwan’s airspace in the past 18 days. The Taiwanese Air Force rarely mobilizes F-16s carrying missiles to monitor them at such close distances.
F-16 has a length of 15 meters, wingspan nearly 10 meters, a maximum journey of 1200 km and is equipped with medium-range air-to-air missiles AIM-120 with a range of more than 35 km. The fighter jet is also equipped with machine guns and short-range air-to-air missiles.
The J-11 fighter jet has a length of 21.9 meters, a wingspan of 14.7 meters, a maximum cruise of 4,000 km and is armed with six medium and short-range air-to-air missiles.
The Taiwan military claims that the operation of mainland Chinese aircraft has undermined the security and stability of the region, jeopardizing the peaceful coexistence of all parties in the region. They stressed that, before various threats, the Taiwan military had grasped the whole process to protect the safety of people’s lives and property.
The Eastern Military Region of the Chinese military, meanwhile, responded, an attempt to test the combat synergies of various weapons. The Chinese Air Force’s flight across the Bashi Strait and Miyako is conducting targeted combat training. They repeat, Taiwan and its dependent islands are part of Chinese territory. This training journey is legal and is a necessary action for the current security situation in the Taiwan Strait.
Mr. Ngo Kien Trung, Assistant Professor at Taipei Ocean University General Education Center (Taiwan), said there are two reasons why Chinese military aircraft fly around Taiwan: Firstly, he Lai Thanh Duc, deputy of Taiwanese Thai English leader visited the US. Second, the territory has recently applied to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The actions of the Chinese Air Force seem to imply military pressure and threaten Taiwan. Wu said that in the context of strained relations on both sides of the strait, the military aircraft from the two sides would fly so close together.
Taiwan’s air defense force on February 9 blocked J-11 fighters and H-6 bombers from mainland China flying around the island.
The Beijing side said the flight was a “necessary action” between the “current security situation” in the Taiwan Strait .
Meanwhile, the head of Taiwan’s defense patrols description of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China as a threat to peace and stability in the region.
Earlier, in late January, Chinese fighters flew over the Bashi Channel to southern Taiwan during a long-range exercise in the Pacific after the island’s elections.
The Taiwan Self-Defense Force said it was the first exercise since Thai Anh Van was re-elected for a second term in mid-January elections.
China considers Taiwan a part of its territory and is willing to use force to withdraw it if necessary. Beijing has regularly dispatched fighter jets flying near the island since the Thai-English leader came to power in 2016.