The Taiwanese government has expressed concern over the increasing military activities of China in Taiwan’s airspace and waters. Taiwan’s defense minister, Chiu Kuo-cheng, addressed the media during a news briefing in Taipei, stating that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been conducting extensive drills in land, sea, air, and amphibious environments throughout September. He described the recent enemy situation as “quite abnormal.”
Shortly after Chiu’s remarks, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry reported that 10 Chinese military aircraft and five navy vessels were detected around Taiwan. It was revealed that two of the planes had entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone. The ministry confirmed that the Taiwanese Armed Forces had been monitoring the situation and had deployed aircraft, navy vessels, and land-based missile systems in response to these activities.
Chiu expressed further concern over Beijing’s actions, asserting that they were “getting out of hand” and raising the risk of an accidental clash. He highlighted the increased risks associated with activities involving aircraft, ships, and weapons and emphasized the importance of both sides paying attention to prevent such incidents. Chiu stated that these developments were a major source of worry for Taiwan.
Beijing considers Taiwan as part of its sovereign territory and has maintained its stance that it reserves the right to reunify with the island by force if Taiwan officially declares independence. While only a few nations recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state, the United States and several allies maintain informal relations with Taiwanese officials, often drawing criticism from China.
Over the past year, the Chinese military has conducted multiple rounds of wargames following high-level meetings between US and Taiwanese officials. These exercises included a large-scale simulated blockade after the visit of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei in 2022. A similar demonstration took place last April after a meeting between Pelosi’s successor, Representative Kevin McCarthy, and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.
The escalating military activities in the region have raised concerns about the potential for a conflict between China and Taiwan. The international community closely watches these developments, as any armed clash could have significant repercussions for regional stability and global geopolitics.
It is important for all parties involved to exercise restraint and promote dialogue to address their differences peacefully. Finding a diplomatic solution is crucial to ensure the stability and security of the region.