“No doubt this is part of the broader campaign by Beijing aimed at eroding the will and ability of Taiwan to continue resisting.”
Research fellow Collin Koh, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, on China sending warplanes into Taiwan's airspace.
jan 25, 2022
- China sent these 39 warplanes on Sunday.
- Koh points out that China sent these aircraft during a notably sensitive time period - as the U.S & Japan held military exercises the day before, and as Taiwan struggles with public debate on military preparedness after a fighter jet crashed.
- Taiwan operates as an independent nation; China considers it part of its territory and has threatened to take it by force. The U.S. does not officially recognize Taiwan's independence but engages in informal or unofficial dialogue with Taiwan and also engages with it commercially.
Why It Matters: This is the largest move by China so far this year and a sign of continued tension in the region.