World Chinese Fighter Pilot Sends 'Airspace' Warning in Latest Fracas With Taiwan
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The democratic island is one of the flashpoints where the simmering U.S.-China confrontation could escalate into open conflict.It seems all that now stands between China and the regime's desire to drag Taiwan under its direct control is the strength of America's hand, which Beijing may soon force Washington to show. Taiwan and U.S. allies in Asia hope America isn't bluffing.
Aair force radio operator attempting to warn off an intruding aircraft was told "this is all airspace" as four warplanes buzzed Taipei's defense radars on Tuesday.
In the brief exchange between 5:19 p.m. and 5:21 p.m. local time, a radio officer with Taiwan's Air Combat Command said in a standard warning: "This is the Republic of China Air Force. The Chinese military aircraft currently flying at 6,600 meters in Taiwan's southwestern airspace, you have entered our airspace and are affecting aviation safety. Turn around and leave immediately."
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State Department spokesperson Ned Price referenced the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act and said the U.S. would continue to support peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.State Department spokesperson Ned Price made the remarks from Washington on Wednesday, in the hours after Taiwan's defense ministry reported incursions into its nearby airspace by 15 Chinese warplanes.
The response is partially scrambled, but a PLA pilot retorted: "This is all Chinese airspace."
The correspondence happened over the aeronautical emergency frequency 121.5 MHz and was recorded using software-defined radio, according to the moderator of flight-trackingpage "Southwest Airspace of TW."
The administrator shared a similar incident last week, when a Chinese pilot, replying to Taiwan air force warnings, said of the self-ruled island's air defense identification zone (ADIZ): ""
The page moderator, who did not wish to be named, told Newsweek that the Taiwanese air force issued 10 radio warnings to Chinese military aircraft in the island's ADIZ on Wednesday. The warnings began at 4:29 a.m.—the earliest on record this year—and continued until 1:58 p.m. Taipei time.
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Analysts in Beijing and Taipei said the Chinese military's pincer movement around Taiwan on Monday was the PLA's way of showing it could isolate the island in the event of a conflict.After 10 People's Liberation Army aircraft, including fighter jets and reconnaissance planes, flew sorties into Taiwan's air defense identification zone on Monday, a senior defense official in Taipei noted the "offensive posture" of the military exercise. Deputy Defense Minister Chang Che-ping described the waves of Chinese aircraft as part of a naval and air force "joint operation.
Taiwan's defense ministry later revealed that 15 PLA warplanes had flown sorties into the southwest ADIZ. The fleet, which came at different hours, included 12 fighter jets, one anti-submarine plane and two early warning and control aircraft.
15 PLA aircraft (J-10*8, J-16*4, Y-8 ASW and KJ-500 AEW&C ) entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on Apr. 7, 2021. Please check our official website for more information: https://t.co/p4KOVDDcFI pic.twitter.com/TWYcYsCQcg— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. ???????? (@MoNDefense) April 7, 2021
Taiwan scrambled its own fighter jets to intercept, the ministry said on its website.
However, Taipei did not log the movements of a U.S. Navy EP-3 that was reported in the vicinity around the same time as the Chinese warplanes.
According to the(SCSPI)— a Peking University think tank—the American reconnaissance plane transited the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan at just after 3 a.m. local time before flying in a circular pattern south of the Taiwan Strait.
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Lawmakers in Taipei were told that Taiwanese maritime forces would shoot down Chinese drones if the military hardware crossed into the territorial airspace of its South China Sea islands.Live-fire drills on Dongsha Island, which is some 275 miles southwest of Taiwan, have been scheduled for April 25 and May 2, the Coast Guard Administration announced on Sunday. The weapons tests will take place within a radius of 8 nautical miles and at a maximum height of 12,000 feet, the bulletin said.
SCSPI, which tracksmovements in the East and South China seas, described it as a "rare flight path in rare time," apparently referring to the earliness of the overflight.
USN EP-3E Surveillance aircraft is operating in the southern airspace of the Taiwan strait since about 03:00 AM (local time). Rare flight path in rare time. April 7. pic.twitter.com/23T1znH8YF— SCS Probing Initiative (@SCS_PI) April 6, 2021
Wednesday's PLA flights into Taiwan's ADIZ marks the fifth day such activity has occurred in April and the 67th day this year. Together with Monday's 10 military aircraft, China has now flown 29 sorties around Taiwan in the past three days.
Analysts say PLA warplane incursions into the ADIZ, which are increasing in frequency and quantity, are part ofagainst Taiwan, which the Chinese government claims is part of its territory.
China plans to tax Taiwan's meager air force with the routine flights while intimidating the island's population into submission, according to some analysis, while others have noted the political messaging behind each Chinese military operation.
Taiwan warns it will fight to 'the very last day' if attacked as China steps up its military activity nearby
The Chinese military sent an aircraft carrier group led by the Liaoning to drill in waters near Taiwan on Monday."We are willing to defend ourselves, that's without any question," Taiwanese foreign minister Joseph Wu said, according to the AP.
Earlier this year, defense officials in Taipei revealed the air force had flowndeterring PLA aircraft around the island, driving up fuel, maintenance and manpower costs.
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A spokesperson for the Chinese navy said similar exercises would occur on a "regular basis," while Taiwan's defense ministry said it had a handle on all developments in the skies and seas around the island.Liaoning, the People's Liberation Army Navy's first combat-ready carrier, was escorted by five warships as it left the East China Sea and transited the Miyako Strait into the Western Pacific on Saturday, according to a statement made by Japan's defense ministry the following day.