As countries around the world continue to lock down their citizens and utilize their national defense for a pandemic response, China is in the perfect position to exploit the crisis. China continues to intimidate Taiwan militarily and through bio-warfare.
In late March, warplanes were detected flying over the waters southwest of Taiwan. Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (TMND) confirmed that the warplanes belonged to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The PLA is currently holding invasive military drills through the Philippines. These PLA warplanes have been tracked through the Bashi Channel and off the coast on the southwest side of Taiwan. The PLA warplanes include H-6 bombers, KJ-500 early warning aircraft and J-11 fighter jets. The warplanes are conducting long range drills, far out at sea, suspiciously near the small island of Taiwan.
Tensions continue to escalate between China and Taiwan. Taiwanese sources also confirm that China had covertly infiltrated a Wuhan evacuation plane with a coronavirus carrier to infect all passengers headed to Taiwan. When China refused to allow Taiwan to rescue citizens from Wuhan, China sent over individuals completely unknown to Taiwan who were infected with coronavirus. This bio-warfare agenda started in China and continues to affect nations across the globe. Now China is getting bolder with their military.
China has been operating aircraft in Taiwan’s airspace all year. According to Chinese state media, the PLA has been conducting “military struggle preparations” against Taiwan. In 2020, Taiwan’s MND has confirmed six instances of PLA aircraft crossing boundary lines into Taiwan’s airspace. The Armed Forces of Taiwan are closely monitoring the present situation and the United States have sent military aircraft to Taiwan to help monitor China’s activity.
According to China’s PLA, they have been conducting drills since February. They allege that their long endurance drills are designed to simulate a counter attack airstrike scenario during wartime. In February, China’s PLA Eastern Theatre Command said they conducted “air-ground assault and fire support drills to further refine and test their multi-service joint combat capabilities.”
The United States is allied with Taiwan. On March 4, the US signed into law the Taiwan Allies and International Protection and Enhancement Initiative Act. The pact shows that the U.S. is committed to protecting Taiwan and agrees to reduce diplomatic, security and economic engagements with any nation that undermines Taiwan.
On March 25, the U.S. sent EP-3E Aries electronic warfare and reconnaissance aircraft to fly near Kaohsiung, in southern Taiwan, and Hong Kong. On the same day that China breached Taiwan’s airspace, Taiwan’s MND also confirmed that the U.S. military was conducting reconnaissance missions near Taiwan’s airspace, as the US closely monitors Chinese military activity near Taiwan.