Fighter jets enter ADIZ during candidate registration period for China and Taiwan presidential elections

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21 military aircraft, including 6 Su-30 fighters, and 7 ships
Pass through the central line of the Taiwan Strait and enter the southwest of ADIZ.
Taiwanese military sends military aircraft and ships to monitor Chinese military activities

China’s military pressure has intensified ahead of Taiwan’s presidential election registration.

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Taiwan News reported on the 20th that Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense tracked 21 Chinese military aircraft and 7 naval ships around Taiwan from 6 a.m. on the 19th to 6 a.m. on the 20th.

According to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, nine of the 21 Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) military aircraft, including six Su-30 fighters and two J-10 fighters that passed through the central line of the Taiwan Strait, were tracked in Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). One information collection aircraft, Y-9, also entered the southwest of ADIZ.

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Accordingly, Taiwan’s military is said to have dispatched military aircraft and naval vessels and deployed land-based missile systems to monitor the Chinese military’s activities.

As of November, China has dispatched 230 military aircraft and 115 naval ships throughout Taiwan. Taiwan News reported that China has gradually increased the number of military aircraft and naval vessels operating around Taiwan since September 2020, thereby increasing the use of ‘grey zone tactics’.

Gray zone tactics refer to efforts beyond normal deterrence that attempt to achieve one’s security objectives without resorting to the direct and significant use of force.

According to Taiwanese local media, both the pro-China main opposition Kuomintang’s candidate Hou Yui and the neutral second opposition People’s Party’s candidate Ke Won-je are currently polling against the anti-China ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s Vice President Lai Ching-de. I’m lagging behind.

With the two opposition parties facing difficulties in unifying their candidates, failure to agree on a single candidate will ultimately increase the chances of victory for Democratic Progressive Party candidate Lai Ching-de, who is currently leading in public opinion polls.

Accordingly, analysis suggests that China may be trying to increase cross-strait conflict (mainland China and Taiwan) and destabilize the situation by increasing military pressure on Taiwan ahead of the presidential election, thereby encouraging Taiwanese voters to vote for relatively pro-Beijing candidates. This comes out.

Source: Donga

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