- The Chinese military has violated Taiwanâ€™s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over 1,400 times since Joe Biden took office, according to data from Taiwanâ€™s Ministry of Defense.
- China has â€œimperialâ€ ambitions and is carefully watching how the â€œinternational communityâ€ handles Russiaâ€™s invasion of Ukraine, Steve Yates, senior fellow and chair of the China Policy Initiative, told The Daily Caller News Foundation on Monday.
- China claims â€œsovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the Taiwan Strait,â€ Wang Wenbin, Chinaâ€™s foreign minister, said during a June 13 press conference.Â
The Chinese military has violated Taiwanâ€™s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) three times more under President Joe Biden than during the entirety of Donald Trumpâ€™s presidency, according to data from Taiwanâ€™s Ministry of Defense.
As of June 20, the air force of the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army (PLA) has flown at least 1,439 sorties into Taiwanâ€™s ADIZ since Biden took office, greatly exceeding the estimated 436 violations Taiwan endured throughout Trumpâ€™s four years as president, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of dataÂ fromÂ Taiwanâ€™s Ministry of Defense,Â estimatesÂ fromÂ Mercedes Trent, a research associate with the Defense Posture Project, and aÂ databaseÂ compiled byÂ Gerald C. Brown, a defense analyst and contributor at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Since 2020, Chinaâ€™s violations of Taiwanâ€™s ADIZ have skyrocketed and now occur on an almost daily basis.
In 2018, the Chinese military reportedly made no incursions into Taiwanâ€™s ADIZ, according to data from Taiwanâ€™s Ministry of Defense. However, in 2019, China reportedly began to send sorties into Taiwanâ€™s ADIZ, sending between 11 and 20 sorties that year.
Thereafter, the frequency of Chinaâ€™s violations has escalated, with Taiwanâ€™s Ministry of Defense reporting between 381 and 390 sorties in 2020 and 972 sorties in 2021. China has already sent an estimated 123 warplanes into Taiwanâ€™s ADIZ this year compared to 112 sorties by June 2021.
Steve Yates, senior fellow and chair of the China Policy Initiative, told The Daily Caller News Foundation on Monday that China has imperial ambitions and will annex Taiwan if the U.S. and its allies fail to act.
â€œBy sea and by air, Beijing seeks to impose imperial control over Asian commerce and security in ways that have only existed in the imaginations of simplistic Western observers and Chinese Communist propagandists,â€ Yates said.Â â€œIf China meets with minimal resistance and pays no price for recent escalation, then the â€˜international communityâ€™ risks green-lighting more consequential attacks, in the same way that tough rhetoric and diplomatic appeals signaled to Russia that conditions were favorable to move into Ukraine, but the economic and security consequences at stake in Asia are greater than those unleashed by Russia in Europe,â€ said Yates.
On Sunday, the PLA reportedly sent 10 warplanes into Taiwanâ€™s ADIZ, Taiwanâ€™s Ministry of DefenseÂ reported. The incursion featured a mix of Chinese fighter jets, a surveillance plane and an H-6 bomber, which broke off from the other warplanes and circled around Taiwanâ€™s southern tip before turning back.
Chinaâ€™s latest incursions come as Beijing has ramped up efforts toÂ claimÂ that the Taiwan Strait is not an international waterway, but rather belongs to China. Wang Wenbin, Chinaâ€™s foreign ministry spokesperson, recently made this claim during a press conference on June 13.
â€œThere is no legal basis of â€˜international watersâ€™ in the international law of the sea,â€ Wang said. â€œIt is a false claim when certain countries call the Taiwan Strait â€˜international watersâ€™ in order to find a pretext for manipulating issues related to Taiwan and threatening Chinaâ€™s sovereignty and security.â€
China has â€œsovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the Taiwan Straitâ€ Wang told reporters during the press conference,Â citingÂ the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
A Department of Defense spokesman referred TheDCNF to a U.S. government statement regarding Chinaâ€™s territorial claims.
â€œThe Taiwan Strait is an international waterway, meaning that the Taiwan Strait is an area where high seas freedoms, including freedom of navigation and overflight, are guaranteed under international law,â€ the statement reads. â€œWe are concerned by Chinaâ€™s aggressive rhetoric and coercive activity regarding Taiwan. The United States will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, and that includes transiting through the Taiwan Strait.â€
The Chinese Embassy and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office did not respond immediately to TheDCNFâ€™s request for comment.
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