Taiwan and China’s crises continue to widen as China sends heavy bombers and fighter jets to Taiwan. Taipei announced the presence of China’s advanced fighter jets and heavy bombers, and China called it the first combined military drill.
These drills came hours after U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was sworn into the office, where he vowed to follow the footsteps of his predecessor Nancy Pelosi in propagating the democracy of Taiwan. Beijing seems to have been angered greatly by such remarks when China’s 28 warplanes entered Taiwan’s air. U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has indicated that he will be heading to Taiwan as soon as possible. This has made China angry and consequently motivated its scathing display of might.
China’s 28 warplanes entered Taiwan’s defense identification zone while two H-6 bombers able to carry nuclear bombs escorted the fighter jets. China said in a press release that the grill was aimed at realistic, combat-oriented combat around Taiwan. Taiwan has condemned China’s oppression, calling it the responsibility of both Beijing and Taipei in ensuring peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The president of Taiwan said that Taiwan won’t worsen clashes or act in a manner to fuel disputes but will firmly defend its sovereignty.
According to Chinese leader Xi Jinping, China will never renounce the use of force in resolving the Taiwan question. Democratically ruled Taiwan is one of China’s incontrovertible core interests that must be conveyed back into the fold, by force if necessary. In the last month, China has sent 71 warplanes for military exercises around Taiwan, with 43 aircraft crossing the median line. That drill was shortly after U.S. President Joe Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act authorizing up to $10 billion in security assistance for Taiwan over the next 5 years, and as McCarthy plans to head to Taiwan, China continues to stage and conduct its military drills.
The China-Taiwan conflict has continued to draw the attention of the U.S. Washington believes in the independence of Taiwan, while Beijing takes Taiwan as one of its states.