The incursions did not violate Taiwan’s sovereign airspace, which extends 12 nautical miles from its coast. The US Federal Aviation Administration defines an ADIZ as “a designated area of airspace over land or water within which a country requires the immediate and positive identification, location and air traffic control of aircraft in the interest of the country’s national security.”
Since the beginning of October, Taiwan has reported 145 incursions by Chinese warplanes into the ADIZ, statistics from the Defense Ministry showed.
After Taiwan reported record-breaking incursions over the weekend, its air force released a promotional video on Facebook which said it is determined to defend its airspace.
“When faced with our enemy’s aggression and provocation, we will never compromise,” the video said. “The determination to defend our sovereignty is unwavering.”
China has yet to respond to these incursions
, but an article in the state-run Global Times on Sunday said the People’s Liberation Army
) was conducting
” near Taiwan
Taiwan and mainland China have been governed separately since the end of a civil war more than seven decades ago, in which the defeated Nationalists fled to Taipei.
sin embargo, Beijing views Taiwan as an inseparable part of its territory — even though the Chinese Communist Party has never governed the democratic island of about 24 un millón de personas.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has refused to rule out military force to capture Taiwan if necessary.
En el pasado, analysts have said the flights likely serve several purposes for China, both demonstrating the strength of the PLA to a domestic audience and giving the Chinese military intelligence and skills it would need in any potential conflict involving Taiwan.
But even with the latest surge in Chinese flights near Taiwan, analysts say actual combat is unlikely.
“China needs levers to deter Taiwan from taking undesirable courses of action, especially independence-leaning initiatives,” said Lionel Fatton, a professor at Webster University in Switzerland. “For these levers to be potent, China must (1) have the (militar) capabilities to activate them if needed, y (2) the threat to do so must be credible in the eyes of Taipei.”
“The recurrent air exercises are dedicated to send a clear message in this regard,” Fatton told CNN on Sunday.
“As long as Taiwan doesn’t take irreversible steps toward independence/greater autonomous presence on the international scene,” combat is unlikely, él agregó.