The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sent 77 warplanes, some capable of firing nuclear bombs into Taiwan’s airspace this weekend, prompting a response from the United States, which warned China that its commitment to the island remains ‘rock solid,’ the Daily Mail reported.
The Chinese regime’s belligerent and provocative behavior continues to escalate tension in the region.
On Friday, Oct. 1, the commemoration day for the beginning of the People’s Republic of China, since1949, the regime sent on three different missions a total of 77 warplanes, the Taiwan government reported.
The other two missions were on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 4.
Among the aircraft sent were a mix of J-16 and Su-30 fighters and anti-submarine and early warning aircraft. Friday’s overflights included nuclear-capable H-6 bombers, although they did not specify whether they were armed with warheads.
It is the most extensive provocation in terms of the number of CCP aircraft so far.
On Sunday, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said it sent fighter jets to drive the Chinese aircraft away while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.
State Department spokesman Ned Price issued a statement assuring that the United States reaffirms its commitment to defend a possible Chinese invasion of the island of Taiwan:
“The United States is very concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is destabilizing, risks miscalculations, and undermines regional peace and stability. We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan.”
The CCP claims sovereignty over the island, which during the 1949 civil war, the Kuomintang established as independent from mainland China and has remained so ever since.
Taiwan, unlike the communist dictatorship, maintains a democratic system, has preserved its cultural roots, including the traditional script that the Chinese regime tried to replace with Romanized Pinyin.
Under pressure from the CCP, Taiwan is only recognized by 15 nations worldwide as an independent country, yet it maintains informal diplomatic relations worldwide, including the United States.
“We have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. We will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability,” the State Department spokesman assured.
“The U.S. commitment to Taiwan is rock solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region. We will continue to stand with friends and allies to advance our shared prosperity, security, and values and deepen our ties with democratic Taiwan,” the statement concludes.
The provocation by the Chinese regime comes days after the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia signed a military agreement to help Australia, another Taiwan ally, acquire nuclear-capable submarines.
Tensions between the CCP and Australia have also escalated since the Australian government joined international voices calling for an independent investigation into the origin of the virus in Wuhan, China.
The CCP spokesman used one of the state-run media, the Global Times to try to browbeat the Australian government by saying that Australia is willing to accompany Taiwan “to become cannon fodder.”
However, Australia’s chief of staff, Greg Hunt, attempted to tone down the confrontation, saying, “Our hope is peace. Our belief is that this can be maintained.”
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu responded to the provocations by saying, “I’m sure that if China is going to launch an attack against Taiwan. I think they are going to suffer tremendously as well.”
The anti-China sentiment in India has also grown in recent times after a conflict along the shared border of the Himalayas where dozens of Indian soldiers were brutally killed by the Chinese military.
Therefore, were a conflict to occur in the region, the CCP would have to face an alliance formed by the U.S., India, Australia, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and Japan, a long-term American ally.