The Chinese Communist Party has recently stepped up its military threats against Taiwan, sending military aircraft to disturb the country frequently. Taiwanese officials said on Monday (March 29) that they will mainly use “missile chasing” to avoid falling into each other’s war of attrition when Chinese planes invade Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.
According to Reuters, Taiwan’s Deputy Defense Minister Chang Cheh-ping said in a speech at the Legislative Yuan that Taiwan initially sent warplanes to intercept Chinese planes each Time they disturbed Taiwan, but this took up valuable time and resources.
Chang also said that Taiwan is now responding mainly with missile tracking to avoid falling into a war of attrition.
Reuters also reported that Zhang Zheping said in the Legislative Yuan that although both sides of the Taiwan Strait have limited reaction time due to insufficient operational depth, Taiwan will anticipate and over-deploy Chinese military aircraft once they take off from their bases, and if they suddenly drop missiles or further encroach, Taiwan will still have enough time to defend itself.
In addition, Taiwan Air Force Chief of Staff Huang Zhiwei revealed that the Ministry of National Defense has allocated more than 300 new slots to establish a new F-16 wing.
Also on Monday, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense released news that 10 Chinese Communist military aircraft entered Taiwan’s southwest air defense identification zone, including an Air Marshal-500, a Carrier 8 anti-submarine aircraft, four J-10s and four J-16s.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said that the Taiwan Air Force “dispatched air patrol forces to respond”, broadcasted repulsions and deployed “anti-aircraft missiles to chase and monitor”.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense also released news on Friday that a total of 20 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone that day. This is the largest single-day incursion since the Taiwan Defense Ministry began disclosing last year that mainland China was flying almost daily in the waters between southern Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea.
Reuters said some experts said the Chinese Communist Party’s move was an expression of dissatisfaction with the U.S. and Taiwan’s signing of a memorandum of understanding on the “establishment of a maritime police working group.