China Keeps Pressure on Taiwan with Military Drills

After Taiwan reported a Chinese military activity, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced it has conducted military exercises near the island to improve joint combat operations.

Taiwan’s complaints over Chinese military activity near the island has increased in the past two years, mostly concentrated in the southern and southwestern part of the island’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ).

Taiwan’s air force scrambled planes on Friday to warn away 18 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense zone, and reported further incursions on Saturday and Sunday, though with fewer aircraft.

The PLA said in its statement that naval and air forces carried out military exercise from Friday to Sunday to test and improve the joint combat capability of multiple services and arms.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said China deployed bombers, fighters and anti-submarine aircraft.

No shots were fired during the military drill and the Chinese aircraft had not entered in Taiwan’s air space, but in its ADIZ, a broader area Taiwan monitors and patrols to give it more time to respond to any threats.

Although Taiwan has increased alert since Russia attacked Ukraine, fearing China could make a similar move, Taipei has not reported any signs this is about to happen.

Last week Japan reported that eight Chinese naval vessels, including an aircraft carrier, passed between islands in Japan’s southern Okinawa chain.

Taiwan also carried out pre-announced missile and other drills off its southern and southeastern coasts last week.

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