Taiwan reports eight Chinese fighters in its defence zone as it appoints new defence minister

Taiwan’s air force scrambled after eight Chinese fighter aircraft flew into the south-western part of its air defence identification zone, in an uptick in tensions that came as Taipei announced a new defence minister and intelligence chief. Key points: China has increased its military activity around the democratic island it claims as Chinese territory in recent months. Beijing said it is responding to what it calls “collusion” between Taiwan and the United States, Taiwan’s most important international backer and weapons supplier. Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said four Chinese J-16s and four…

Buildings shake as deep quake hits Taiwan, but no damage reported

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Buildings shook briefly in Taipei on Saturday as a deep, 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Taiwan, but there were no reports of damage. The quake’s epicentre was just off the coast of Yilan county, at a depth of 72.2 km (44.9 miles), according to the island’s Central Weather Bureau. Taipei’s subway system was operating as normal, the city government said. Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates in the South China Sea and is prone to earthquakes. More than 100 people…

Taiwan foreign minister calls on Australia to help defend against China’s ‘expansionism’

As Australia’s relationship with China worsens, Taiwan has called on Canberra to stand up for democracy and help defend the disputed island territory against threats of attack. Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has warned the risk of regional conflict is “higher than before” because of Beijing’s increasing aggression and authoritarianism. Mr Wu has called on democracies including Australia to support Taiwan through sharing information and intelligence. In an exclusive interview with ABC TV’s The World, Mr Wu accused China of “expansionism” that is a direct threat to Taiwan. “China has…

China’s New Pressure On Taiwan In The South China Sea – Analysis

By Felix K. Chang* (FPRI) — In October 2020, Hong Kong’s air traffic control denied a Taiwanese flight access to Pratas Island, a Taiwan-occupied feature in the South China Sea. It was the first time that had ever occurred. The refusal, likely prompted by Beijing, might seem to be just another way for China to put pressure on Taiwan, which it has long regarded as a renegade province. But more broadly, the incident reflects a marked change in not only how China sees Taiwan’s remote outposts, but also how confident…

Chinese Navy (PLAN) Creates Multiple Records While Practicing ‘Taiwan Invasion’

In yet another show of aggression in the South China Sea, China’s PLA Navy conducted amphibious assault drills off the coast of Guangdong Province recently. The navy has set-up multiple records including “fastest speed” and “longest combat range” during the drills, state-owned Global Times tweeted. Watch: #PLA Navy recently conducted amphibious assault drills offshore of South China’s Guangdong Province, setting up multiple records including “fastest speed” and “longest combat range.” pic.twitter.com/m8bxtBn9D4 — Global Times (@globaltimesnews) November 17, 2020 A 53-second video posted by the Global Times shows Jinggang Shan (999)…

Water Wars: Shadowboxing in Taiwan and the Senkakus

An uptick in Chinese military activity around Taiwan and China Coast Guard presence at the Senkakus have kept the region on edge. Beijing seems keen to use military action short of war to test both maritime boundaries and the patience of officials in Taipei, Tokyo and Washington. Such a “shadowboxing” strategy is consistent with long-standing Chinese efforts that began at least in 2012 to “win without fighting” in the South and East China Seas. But the strategy is hardly novel, as it is a core premise in Sun Tzu’s Art…

China’s New Pressure on Taiwan in the South China Sea

In October 2020, Hong Kong’s air traffic control denied a Taiwanese flight access to Pratas Island, a Taiwan-occupied feature in the South China Sea. It was the first time that had ever occurred. The refusal, likely prompted by Beijing, might seem to be just another way for China to put pressure on Taiwan, which it has long regarded as a renegade province. But more broadly, the incident reflects a marked change in not only how China sees Taiwan’s remote outposts, but also how confident China is in its ability to…

US, Taiwan deployed troops to an archipelago near the South China Sea

(STL.News) Taiwan’s military has dispatched more of Marine Corps to China-claimed Dongsha Islands in the South China Sea after reports surfaced that Beijing is planning to carry out a simulated invasion in the atolls, according to Taiwan News. Earlier on Thursday, the US defense minister, warned China not to threaten other countries and also guard international routes not to create disputes. On the same day the PLA Navy will conduct live fire drills near China’s Hainan Island to simulate an invasion of Dongsha Islands.  YouTube video provided courtesy of…

China THREAT: Beijing explodes with rage after Mike Pompeo backs independent Taiwan | World | News

China’s foreign ministry responded to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a senior figure in President Donald Trump’s administration, after he backed Taiwan’s independence from Beijing. The Trump administration has taken a hardline stance against the Chinese Communist Party this year, with Beijing and Washington exchanging sanctions and threats throughout 2020. Taiwan recently agreed to buy advanced weapons systems from the US for billions of dollars, which enraged China. Wang Wenbin, foreign ministry spokesman, slammed Mr Pompeo for his comments, reaffirming Beijing’s view that Taiwan is an inalienable part of mainland…

Is China Preparing to Set Up an ADIZ in the South China Sea With Taiwan in Mind? – The Diplomat

Advertisement The day after the U.S. presidential elections, on November 4 the U.S. government announced its decision to sell MQ-9B (Sea Guardian) drones to Taiwan. As Taiwan’s ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone) is frequently intruded by the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) nautical and airborne vehicles, the drones, when acquired, will provide the country with a counterweight and help correct the military imbalance between the two sides. Responding to the Foreign and National Defense Committee of Legislative Yuan, Minister of National Defense Yen Teh-fa noted that a total of 276 PLA…