The number of Chinese military aircraft intruding Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) increased significantly last year, with more than 960 sorties, Japan-based Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported, citing Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense.
From Sept. 16 to the end of December last year, 500 sorties were reported, compared to around 150 sorties for the same period of 2020.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) military officials consider these sorties as part of their training operations for actual combat.
In October alone, 52 sorties were dispatched to intrude Taiwan’s ADIZ in a single day, including early warning aircraft, patrol aircraft, fighter aircraft, strategic bombers, and helicopters at the same time.
In addition, the CCP’s strategic bombers have repeatedly flown through the Miyako Strait between Japan’s Okinawa Main Island and Miyako Island and from the south to the western Pacific Ocean. This route is within the range that a missile can be launched from a fighter escort at Guam, US. Chinese bombers also flew over the Bashi Strait, heading north to the east of Taiwan Strait.
In December, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense submitted a report to the supreme legislation committee in response to the CCP’s invasion, saying that the entire Taiwanese national army has increased its training operation to boost combat ability.
It said that CCP could attack Taiwan in four phases: first is to paralyze Taiwan’s military facilities with electromagnetic waves; second is to secure the air and sea ground at base; third is to prevent reinforcements from the U.S. and other countries’ troops; and last, the Chinese Communist will attempt to raid Taiwan island.
The report also claimed that the CCP is conducting frequent military aircraft drills to prepare for an air and sea control phase.