China threatens to fly jets over Taiwan if US continues to support island nationPosted by Thomas Bush / April 15, 2021
China has threatened to fly fighter jets over Taiwan if U.S.-Taiwan relations continue to warm. China also threatened “all-out war” if Taiwan fires on the jets.
The United States has said it will defend Taiwan in the face of Chinese incursions into Taiwanese airspace. China sent more fighter jets into Taiwanese air space on Wednesday, escalating their show of force.
More Chinese aircrafts have flown into China’s airspace, including another incursion Wednesday. Last week, Chinese drones were spotted gathering intelligence around Taiwan, according to the Taiwanese coast guard. Eleven Chinese warplanes flew into Taiwanese airspace on Monday, part of China’s rising imperial aspirations. Earlier this month, China, as part of its usual change-of-presidency bellicosity, warned the United States against interfering with China’s designs on Taiwan. Earlier this year, China called Taiwan an “insurmountable red line.”
China seems worried that Taiwanese leadership is preparing to declare formal independence, and as a result issued a warning: any such decree means war. The announcement came just days after Taiwan reported a Chinese incursion into their airspace, including eight bombers and four fighters. China has long considered Taiwan part of its own territory.
China is currently in hot water, internationally. The U.S. State Department has labeled China’s treatment of the Uighur people genocide, the harshest criticism of Beijing’s actions. Boris Johnson has announced that the British government will not call the Uighur situation in genocide.
Meanwhile, The Philippines has deployed its air force in response to the 220 Chinese fishing vessels spotted in disputed waters. Earlier this month, the Philippines claimed that the ships were manned by Chinese militia.