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This weekend China launched its largest aerial incursions into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in history with a record 52 military jet aircraft on Monday. This followed 38 jets on Friday and another 39 on Saturday. In response, Taiwan scrambled its own F-16 jet fighters and activated its air defense radars and missiles systems.

Reuters reported that:

Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of its air defence zone close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

But since Friday, when China marked its national day, the country has embarked upon a massive ramping up of its missions, with almost 150 aircraft flying into the defence zone over the space of four days.

The latest mission included 34 J-16 fighters and 12 nuclear-capable H-6 bombers, which all flew in an area in the vicinity of the Pratas Islands, according to a map provided by the ministry. A further four Chinese fighters were spotted on Monday night, taking the total to the day to 56 aircraft.

More ominously, in an interview with Australian broadcasting – ABC, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu, warned that Taiwan is preparing for war with China and urged its Australian neighbor to help.

In the interview Wu told ABC that his nation will repel any coming attack, “The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. If China is going to launch a war against Taiwan we will fight to the end, and that is our commitment.”

However, Wu also appealed for help to Australia’s leaders in Canberra by stating: “We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation.”

“And so far, our relations with Australia [are] very good and that is what we appreciate,” Wu added.

While Australia does not formally recognize Taiwan, it has become a key pillar of U.S. effort to contain communist China’s expansionism and belligerence in the region. First as part of the QUAD with India, Japan and the United States, and more recently with the Australia, UK, US, security pact (AUKUS).

The ABC interview is set for broadcast on Monday evening (local time).

Wu ended the interview on a defiant note: “I’m sure that if China is going to launch an attack against Taiwan…they are going to suffer tremendously as well.”

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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David Baker
David Baker
2 months ago

A couple of billion people would have the budge on populations in their cross hairs. These territorial disputes are particularly the bane of nations that ‘elect’ tyrants. They can’t leave anything alone. In the U.S., our complement of commissars is after our Bill of Rights, our Sovereignty and our Religious beliefs. Hmm, I wonder if we can get ahold of those canard-equipped fighters?

Bug D
Bug D
2 months ago

Don’t count on any help from Pedo Joe and the US…………

JackbWebster
JackbWebster
2 months ago
Reply to  Bug D

Hell, Ho Chi Biden is probably IN on the assault of FREE Taiwan with his butt buddy China.

Scotty
Scotty
2 months ago

Joe won’t help Taiwan, he has orders!

David Baker
David Baker
2 months ago
Reply to  Scotty

China could turn Taiwan into a glass parking lot any time they wish, but if they do, they’re going to rattle cages among many nations–and the U.N., to boot. Unless there’s a compelling reason why America should be involved in that dispute, we should just let them hash out their differences.

Pawn
Pawn
2 months ago
Reply to  David Baker

yes and no… if china does violence then we should stand with our allies and notcut and run like pedo joey boy did in afghan. So hopefully china is bluffing but if not I don’t expect chickens..t joe to do anything. Mainly, as stated above his bosses don’t want coward/corrupt/tratior joey boy to do anything.