Taiwan scrambled to ready it’s air force on Thursday after a Chinese aircraft was reported in its airspace.
This move by China is right on the heels of Russia launching a full-scale invasion in Ukraine, which is a former Soviet State that has since been democratized. The provocative military action comes as concerns in Taiwan grow, and an invasion from China in Taiwan seems likely.
One Defense official from the U.S. says that this type of move is not unusual for China, and that they have done it in the past a few months ago, and that hit happens regularly.
China invaded the airspace of Taiwan back in January, when 39 of China’s aircraft flew through their defense space. This time, there were only nine aircraft, but everyone is still concerned about an invasion.
The U.S. is also concerned about China’s provocative actions by their military. One official from The U.S. says that “The United States will continue to support a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues, consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people on Taiwan.”
A Chinese figure in the media wrote a blog on Tuesday that advised journalists in China how they should be covering the conflict on Russia’s invasion into Ukraine. The blog says:
“Simply put, China has to back Russia up with emotional and moral support while refraining from treading on the toes of the United States and European Union,” Ming Jinwei, a popular commentator and senior editor at Xinhua News Agency wrote Tuesday in his WeChat blog.
It doesn’t hurt to be moderately pro-Russian in words, he added, because in the longer run, Beijing is trying to get Russian support on Taiwan. “In the future, China will also need Russia’s understanding and support when wrestling with America to solve the Taiwan issue once and for all,” he wrote.
It certainly didn’t take long for China to use this war to their advantage.