Countering China’s Intimidation of Taiwan

Countering China’s Intimidation of Taiwan
(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Why a firm stand against Beijing’s intimidation and coercion of Taiwan is both timely and important right now.

On the first weekend following President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry reported back-to-back incursions by two large fleets of Chinese military aircraft into Taiwan’s self-declared southwestern air defense identification zone. On Jan. 23, the fleet comprised eight nuclear weapon–capable Chinese H-6K bomber planes, four J-16 fighter jets and one anti-submarine aircraft. This was followed the next day by another fleet of 12 fighters, two anti-submarine aircraft and a reconnaissance plane. Beijing repeated these exercises several times in the subsequent months.

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