Recently captured satellite photos show that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) enhances its airbases close to Taiwan.
According to an open-source intelligence analyst writing for The Drive’s Warzone, these photographs reveal modifications being made at China’s Zhangzhou, Huian, and Longitan airbases, all of which are between 100 and 200 miles from Taiwan.
The new infrastructure was started in early 2020 and continued uninterrupted during the epidemic, demonstrating its importance.
Minor expansions can also be observed at both ends of the runway at Longtian Airbase, along with new aprons with visible markings.
At one end of the airbase, four reinforced aircraft structures are taking shape, preparing to become the only protective aviation infrastructure on the site.
According to the report, the aprons indicate that more aircraft will be flying in and out of the bases located along the Taiwan Strait shoreline.
Furthermore, the erection of administrative buildings and possibly barracks indicates a workforce increase.
Similar patterns can be seen at Huian Airbase, which is building three storage bunkers, most likely for weapons, as well as modest runway extensions and aprons, the report analyzed.
China appears to be constructing a third surface-to-air missile defense station at the Zhangzhou airfield.
These initiatives come on top of other air combat-related construction projects near the Taiwan Strait, including constructing a gigantic heliport vital for all types of operations if a big battle with Taiwan is planned, from anti-submarine warfare to airborne assaults.
Cross-Strait relations have become more intense in recent months.
“Reunification through a peaceful manner is the most in line with the overall interest of the Chinese nation, including Taiwan compatriots,” Chinese leader Xi Jinping said on Oct. 9.
Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, has vowed not to respond to China’s rising military threats.
“We … will not act rashly, but there should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure,” Tsai said during her speech on Sunday, Oct. 9, in front of the presidential office in the capital Taipei.