The authorities of Taiwan denounced this Saturday the incursion of 16 military aircraft of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in its airspace, the same week that a delegation of MEPs made their first official visit to the territory.
As detailed by the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense, the Taiwan Air Force has launched various radio alerts, while the missile defense system has been activated to monitor the situation.
Recent Chinese air raids into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone generated international support for Taipei.
The United States has stated that it has “absolutely the capabilities” to defend this island less than 200 kilometers from the Chinese coast. “There is no doubt,” said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, who considered that an attack from the Asian giant in the next 24 months is “unlikely”.
In recent weeks the verbal tension between the two great powers has escalated over the destiny of this territory with a democratic government, but considered as its own by China, which aspires to a “reunification”, even by force. US President Joe Biden recently pledged to defend Taiwan militarily in the event of a Chinese attack.
Possible electronic warfare
The report of the recent raids came on the same day that an analyst from the Taiwanese National Defense Institute (INDSR) warned against the possibility of electronic warfare as the most likely scenario in a hypothetical conflict with mainland China.
According Su Tzu Yun, INDSR analyst, China’s strategy would go through subverting the Taiwanese missile defense system giving bad radar data and taking the territory by surprise with airstrikes, pick up the newspaper Taiwan News.
The analyst has also explained that Of the 544 Chinese military aircraft that have conducted sorties into Taiwanese airspace between January and September this year, 18 percent had electronic warfare capabilities., including J-16 fighters, such as those that flew over the territory this Saturday.
China claims the island of some 24 million people as part of its sovereign territory, and has previously threatened to take control by force if Taiwan formally declares its independence. However, Taiwan, which has its own elected government and constitution, has maintained that it will defend its democracy and independence.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)