Chinese fighter jets carried 159 sorties into Taiwan’s air defense zone in November, according to the database of AFP, the second highest month on record, given the military pressure from Beijing on the island of democratic government.
Taiwan remains under constant threat of a Chinese invasion, which considers the island as part of its territory and has promised to recover it, even by force if necessary.
The Ministry of Defense of Taiwan began releasing data on China‘s air raids in September 2020, with which AFP has developed a database.
In November, the Chinese army exceeded one hundred incursions for the third consecutive month in this area of aerial identification and registered the highest figure behind the 196 of last October.
These forays include 100 fighters and nine H6 bombers, that have nuclear capacity.
Beijing has stepped up pressure on Taiwan since the 2016 rise to power of President Tsai Ing-wen, who rejects the principle that the island is part of “one China.”
The noise of sabers has increased in intensity in the last 14 months, with Beijing increasing the number of military aircraft entering the area air defense identification card of Taiwan.
Climbing put Taiwan’s western allies, such as the United States and Japan, on alert, anxious about an eventual invasion of the island from China.
The air defense identification zone is not the same as Taiwan airspace, but includes a wider part that sometimes overlaps with part of China’s air defense identification space.
If in October Beijing concentrated a large part of its incursions in the days following China’s National Day, October 1, in November shipments were less intense but more constant, with only 3 days without any incursion.
“The recent situation is particularly grim with (raids) almost nonstop”Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Monday. His “intention (of China) is to slowly exhaust us, to let us know they have this power”He added.
This year, nearly 900 Chinese military aircraft have entered Taiwan’s air identification zone. Since the start of the data release in September, the number of incursions exceeds a thousand.
(With information from AFP)
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