Record! 38 Chinese fighter jets enter Taiwan skies, expert: Normal, prevents foreign interference

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A Chinese H-6 bomber (below) is grabbed by a Taiwanese F-16 while flying over the Bashi Strait.  Photo: The Guardian


A total of 38 Chinese fighter jets entered Taiwan’s airspace on Friday (01/10) yesterday. This figure is the latest record for Chinese aircraft to enter Taiwan’s skies, where the previous highest number was 28 aircraft in June.

The deployment of 38 aircraft to the skies of Taiwan by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) coincided with National Day aka the founding day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on October 1. The PLA said the deployment of the aircraft was part of a routine exercise.

“The PLA exercise is a routine exercise even though it takes place on National Day in mainland China, but it shows the PLA’s increased combat readiness and determination over the island of Taiwan,” one expert quoted the Global Times as saying, October 2, 2021.

A Chinese H-6 bomber (below) is grabbed by a Taiwanese F-16 while flying over the Bashi Strait. Photo: The Guardian

Taiwan’s Defense Authority in its press release detailed dozens of Chinese aircraft that entered its skies. It said, of the 25 aircraft deployed by the PLA, 18 J-16 fighter jets, 4 Su-30 fighter jets, 2 H-6 bombers and a Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, entered Taiwanese airspace near the Pratas Islands on Friday. afternoon.

Later that night, it said an additional 13 PLA aircraft had entered Taiwan’s skies, namely 10 J-16 fighter jets, two H-6 bombers and a KJ-500 early warning aircraft, flying over the Bashi Strait, a strait that separates Taiwan from the mainland. Philippines.

Responding to China’s move, Taiwan sent their warplanes to warn them, as well as deploying missile systems to monitor them.

It’s normal for Chinese fighter jets to enter Taiwan’s skies

Meanwhile, mainland China military expert Song Zhongping said that it was normal for China to deploy dozens of fighter jets into Taiwanese airspace for exercises.

“The PLA is increasing the scale of the exercises near the island of Taiwan, and this is normal and routine,” said Song Zhongping.

Flags of China and Taiwan.  Photo: Brookings Institution
Flags of China and Taiwan. Photo: Brookings Institution

Song also said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) needed more deployment of military exercises to Taiwan to prevent Taiwan’s armed forces as well as foreign interference on the island, which China considers an integral part of it.

“The PLA needs more deployments to prevent armed forces on the island (Taiwan) and foreign interference, so that related exercises become larger scale,” Song said.

“Both day and night are possible times of battle, so the PLA must be ready to fight and win even at night,” Song continued.

The deployment of Chinese fighter jets to the skies of Taiwan on China’s National Day, Song said, was a very practical way to celebrate the big day.

“Friday is National Day in mainland China, and the PLA exercises demonstrate its ability to safeguard national unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a very practical way to celebrate the day,” Song concluded.

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