After several Chinese military aircraft stormed into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Jan. 23, Taiwanese military analysts claimed that such actions represent the Chinese Communist Party’s push to establish the “one China” principle and at the same time test Joe Biden’s administration.
Lin Ying-yu, assistant professor at the Institute of Strategic and International Affairs of the National Chung Cheng University, said that the PLA air force’s maneuvers are not much different from the military exercises that took place during Taiwan’s Lunar New Year.
What the CCP said to Biden administration
Lin affirmed that for this occasion, the deployment of Chinese military aircraft placed the U.S.’s new Biden administration at the center at the center, pointing out that the operation was carried out for three main reasons: diplomatic, military, and “transfer of internal pressure.”
According to Lin, in diplomatic terms, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wants to convey to Washington that regardless of whether it is a Democrat or a Republican who occupies the White House, the CCP’s policy toward Taiwan will not change, Taiwan News reported.
You Si-kun, speaker of Taiwan’s democratically elected parliament, the Legislative Yuan, noted that the timing was clearly related to the new administration in the United States.
“The Biden administration is very concerned that [China] is stepping up its provocative activities,” You told Radio Free Asia. “It’s fairly clear that they are testing the U.S.’s attitude.”
“I thank the United States for its response, and … think they should take further action to prevent this kind of provocation from China [the CCP] in future,” he added.
The CCP continues to claim Taiwan
Over the years, the CCP has claimed the island nation as part of its territory, dismissing Taiwan’s policies establishing the country as independent sovereignty, and lobbying for no country to intervene in what it sees as a matter that is exclusively of national interest.
The past administration of former President Donald Trump offered significant support to Taiwan by approving a steady stream of arms sales, trade agreements and legal collaboration to help Taiwan deal with pressure from China.
For Taiwanese military analyst Cheng Chi-wen, the incursions had political and military significance.
“It shows that [Beijing is taking] a hard line … meaning that a military response can’t be ruled out, if the U.S. doesn’t act in China’s interests on Taiwan,” Cheng noted.
The military analyst said Saturday’s military operation was far more complex than previous raids, with the number of raids far exceeding previous levels.
The CCP’s chest thumping
Meanwhile, Taiwanese ex-pilot Chang Yen-ting, told Radio Free Asia that more of the same is expected in the year ahead. “They are testing the waters, and finding out which way the wind blows.They want to see how the new president and secretary of state react on issues like …Taiwan.”
“Basically, the CCP will step up the pressure on Taiwan through the use of military force,” he added.
Chieh Chung, a researcher at the National Policy Foundation on the democratic island of Taiwan, expressed that the CCP was seeking to draw attention to its actions.
“They have stepped up the intensity and crossed into the southwestern ADIZ, which sends a message, without excessively raising tensions with the Biden administration,” he added.
Chieh said the military air operation was carefully planned targeting the CCP’s negotiating position with the Biden administration and added that the military exercise could be a precursor to a large-scale joint sea-to-air exercise in the future.