Thirty-eight flights of 39 inmates are the highest number of prisoners in Taiwan announced in the day since it first reported such incidents last year.
The incursions on Saturday came in two categories – 20 flights during the day and 19 flights at night, the ministry said in two sentences. They are equipped with 26 J-16 fighter jets, 10 Su-30 fighter jets, two Y-8 anti-submarine warning aircraft and an KJ-500 jet warning and aircraft warning system, the Ministry of Defense said.
In response to incursions, Taiwanese air forces intercepted aircraft, issued radio warnings, and deployed air defense systems, the Ministry added.
Maps provided by the Taiwan Defense Ministry showed all Chinese aircraft on Saturday located in the southwestern part of the island of ADIZ.
The incursions did not break Taiwan’s climate zone, which extends twelve nautical miles from its shores. The US Federal Aviation Administration defines ADIZ as “a designated space system over land or water within which the country needs to be identified with speed and efficiency, location and aviation control in the interest of national security.”
The incursions on Friday came as Beijing celebrated its 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.
Taiwan and the rest of China have been judged differently since the end of the civil war more than 70 years ago, in which defeated defeated Nationalists fled to Taipei.
Thus, Beijing sees Taiwan as an integral part of its territory – even though the Chinese Communist Party has never ruled the island with a population of 24 million.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has refused to rule out troops to take over Taiwan if necessary.
In the past, analysts have said that PLA aircraft could serve a number of purposes in China, all demonstrating the PLA’s potential for domestic audiences and providing Chinese military expertise and skills that would be needed in any conflict in Taiwan.
“Xi Jinping has instructed the PLA to intensify its preparations and prepare for war under the ‘real conditions of war.’ “It is therefore not surprising that the PLA is continuing to move to ADIZ of Taiwan as part of training and preparation for combat,” Derek Grossman, chief defense analyst at RAND Corporation think tank, told CNN on Saturday.
Despite the proliferation of PLA airlines and the hard to say, Grossman does not think the war is near.
“I don’t think there is a high or medium chance of being attacked by China or entering Taiwan,” he told CNN.
“The PLA still has a lot of problems, especially when we face the United States’ intensive intervention and – perhaps? – support for Japan and Australia,” he added. “China understands the serious decline in Taiwan’s failed failure or aggression and may continue to offer its time.”
But any text message from Beijing may not be the largest island of Taiwan, some analysts say.
Maps provided by Taiwan’s Defense Ministry show that PLA Air Force planes are coming closer to Pratas Island, located north of the South China Sea and closer to Hong Kong than Taiwan.
The island has no permanent residents but the home of a small Taiwanese army with troops and an airport. Researchers find that it is relatively stable and may be difficult to prevent.
“These islands could be a flashpoint that is about to reach the US, Japan and other democratic countries,” Ogasawara wrote.