Chinese military action encircling the island has recently increased, according to Taiwan’s defense ministry, escalating already-existing tensions. This increased activity was seen on Friday, August 25, and it involved five ships performing battle readiness patrols nearby, as well as 13 planes flying into Taiwan’s designated “response” zone.
China has been steadily stepping up its military pressure on Taiwan, which it regards as its own territory, during the past three years. As a result of Vice President William Lai’s recent quick visits to the United States, China recently increased its military exercises in the area of Taiwan.
According to the Taiwanese defense ministry, a total of 22 Chinese aircraft, including fighters, bombers, early warning aircraft, and drones, were spotted on the morning of the 25th. The number of planes that entered Taiwan’s “response” zone was 13; however, details were not given. Taiwan responded by sending out its own ships and aircraft to observe Chinese military action.
Taiwan’s “response” zone, which mostly encompasses the Taiwan Strait and regions south and southwest of the island where Chinese military actions are frequently concentrated, is not made public. Despite the recent uptick, since the previous Saturday, China has not formally announced any additional drills near Taiwan. These exercises are typically carried out in secret.
Two Chinese drones were recently spotted near northern Taiwan, according to a separate statement from Taiwan’s military ministry. The Taiwan Strait median line, which had previously acted as an unofficial border between the two territories, was crossed by both drones. Chinese planes now routinely cross this border, nevertheless.
One of the tracked drones, a BZK-005, crossed the median line in front of Taiwan’s northwest shore, moved toward the island’s north, and then flew northeast. Notably, Taiwan has not recorded any cases of Chinese military aircraft invading its airspace, although it has admitted instances of aircraft flying within 44 kilometers of the coast in its contiguous zone.
International observers are keenly observing the situation for any new developments as tensions in the region continue to build as a result of these military exercises.