China sent eight nuclear-capable bombers, four fighter jets and an anti-submarine patrol aircraft into Taiwan’s southwestern air defense zone.
Taiwanese military analysts said Sunday the weekend’s record number of Chinese military planes flying into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) symbolize Beijing’s commitment to the “one China” principle and also serve as a test for the Joe Biden administration.
According to the Ministry of National Defense, 15 Chinese military planes intruded into Taiwan’s ADIZ on Sunday. And , 13 Chinese aircraft entered the identification zone on Saturday.
Lieutenant General Chang Yen-ting (張延廷), a retired Air Force deputy commander, stated the PLAAF’s incursions into Taiwan’s ADIZ on Saturday and Sunday are akin to “hitting three birds with one stone.”
Chang observed that in contrast to former President Donald Trump’s unpredictable style, Biden’s approach to regional diplomacy seems easier to grasp. Therefore, China dispatched its military planes as a “stress test” to see how Biden would react.
Chang pointed out that although the H-6K bomber is a slow aircraft, it is a variant designed for offensive missions with a maximum range of up to 5,000 kilometers. The presence of such a plane proves the PLAAF has transformed from a defensive air force to an offensive one, he stated.
The retired commander said that China’s ADIZ operations were “obviously targeted toward the U.S.” and were meant to “militarily intimidate Taiwan.”