World China Warplanes Swarm Around Taiwan After G7, NATO Talk up Threat
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Over a dozen warplanes took off fromand triggered radar stations in early Tuesday as military aircraft once again swarmed the island's air defense zone following more than a week of relative quiet.
Radio intercepts sent to Newsweek included at least 17 airborne warnings aimed at(PLA) warplanes. The warnings were broadcast by Air Force (ROCAF) radio operators between 5:48 a.m. and 10:43 a.m. local time, but the precise number of intruding aircraft remains unclear.
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Brent Christensen, who heads the American Institute in Taiwan, reaffirmed Washington's firm backing of Taiwan's leadership during an interview with Taipei newspaper 'Apple Daily.'Brent Christensen, the outgoing director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), criticized China's multifaceted diplomatic, economic and military pressure against Taiwan during an interview given to Apple Daily on June 1.
Reached by Newsweek, the office of Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense spokesperson declined to comment on these developments.
A radio log of activity in Taiwan's self-declared air defense identification zone (ADIZ) showed PLA aircraft were detected at altitudes between 5,000 and 7,800 meters (about 16,400 and 25,600 feet).
According to the transcript of correspondence on the aeronautical emergency frequency 121.5 MHz, at least one Chinese pilot responded to a ROCAF broadcast at 9:20 a.m., identifying himself as a member of the PLA Naval Air Force "conducting a routine mission."
Newsweek could not independently verify the accuracy of the exchange.
The large incursion into the southwest corner of Taiwan's ADIZ comes after 10 days of relative quiet, with just one PLA asset detected in the area since June 4—a Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft spotted on Monday, a public holiday in both China and Taiwan.
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The Chinese military's return to "around Taiwan follows President 's attendance of key summits with G7 and allies, both of which resulted in firm rebukes of Beijing's actions across various sectors.
Monday's NATO joint statement highlighted China's ambitions and assertive behavior, which "present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to Alliance security."
The leaders raised concerns about "coercive policies," its expanding nuclear arsenal as well as the lack of transparency in its ongoing modernization of the PLA.
"We see coercive behavior, for instance in the South China Sea, and we also know that China does not share our values," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels.
"We need to respond together as an alliance," he added.
Following three days of deliberations in, Biden led G7 leaders in a that included several direct and indirect mentions of China, pushing Beijing for cooperation in COVID-19 origin tracing, fair trade practices and human rights.
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The statement on Sunday also expressed serious concerns about developments in theand Seas. Notably, it called for peace and stability across the .
The Chinese Embassy in London responded on Monday by decrying "wanton smearing of China and blatant interference in its internal affairs," according to a statement posted on its website.
At a press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokespersondescribed the G7's statement as an attempt to form a "clique" to suppress China's development.
, an associate fellow at the in Taipei, said the renewed warplane activity near Taiwan follows a period of "strategic adjustment" by Beijing.
"China feels that itsis facing many challenges, so wants to promote a more image," Su told Newsweek.
"Militarily, China was also searching for a new tempo, so there was a period of quiet. But the nature of China's military use has always been 70 percent politics and 30 percent military, so its warplane activity in the area also follows this logic," he added.
Taiwan Air Force Warns China of 'Consequences' As Warplanes Intrude
A rare intercept appeared to capture a Taiwanese radio operator's stark warning to Chinese military aircraft detected inside Taiwan's air defense identification zone on Tuesday.Plane spotters monitoring the airwaves around Taiwan said they captured the exchange on the aeronautical emergency frequency 121.5 MHz at 9:20 a.m. Taipei time, on a morning that saw 17 warnings sent to PLA warplanes in the space of six hours.
The analyst believes China is under international pressure following multiple U.S.-led joint statements and the recent communiques by the G7 and NATO. The's Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is in the South China Sea, while the U.K.'s Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth is also headed for the Indo-Pacific region.
"These are big diplomatic and military signals for China," said Su, who believes "domestic demand necessitates action by the PLA for domestic propaganda," especially ahead of theon July 1.
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