US Condemns ‘Provocative’ Chinese Military Flights Near Taiwan

Cathy He
By Cathy He
October 3Chinashare
US Condemns ‘Provocative’ Chinese Military Flights Near Taiwan
Two Chinese SU-30 fighter jets take off from an unspecified location to fly a patrol over the South China Sea in a file photo. (Jin Danhua/Xinhua via AP)

The United States on Oct. 3 urged the Chinese communist regime to stop its “provocative” military activities near Taiwan, after Beijing sent nearly 100 aircraft into the island’s air defense zone over a three-day period.

On Friday, Saturday, and again on Sunday, Chinese military planes flew into the zone, prompting Taiwan to scramble its fighter jets to warn away the aircraft, the island’s defense ministry said. Saturday’s incursion, with 39 Chinese aircraft, marked the highest reported to date.

For more than a year, the Chinese regime has sent aircraft into Taiwan’s “air defense identification zone” in a bid to intimidate the self-governed island that it claims as its own. The most recent incursions included both daytime and nighttime sorties, composed of fighter jets, bombers, and anti-submarine aircraft.

“The United States is very concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is destabilizing, risks miscalculations, and undermines regional peace and stability,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

“We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan.”

The United States has an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a “sufficient self-defense capability,” the statement said. The United States, the island’s biggest arms supplier, is obliged under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide arms to the island for its self-defense.

“The U.S. commitment to Taiwan is rock solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region,” Price said.

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry thanked the United States for its “strong remarks,” adding the Beijing was increasing tension in the Indo-Pacific region.

“In the face of China’s challenges, our country’s government has always committed itself to improving our self-defense capabilities and resolutely safeguarding Taiwan’s democracy, freedom, peace and prosperity,” it said.

The Chinese regime has yet to comment on the military activities. The sorties on Friday coincided with the country’s National Day, a holiday marking the communist party’s takeover of China.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said it sent combat aircraft to warn away the Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.

Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang condemned China for its actions on Saturday, saying the country was engaging in military aggression and damaging regional peace.

Taiwan marks its national day next Sunday, with a major speech by President Tsai Ing-wen and military parade in central Taipei, which will include a fly-by of fighter jets.

The Chinese regime’s increasing military assertiveness in the Taiwan Strait, and East and South Chinese Seas is drawing increasing condemnation among Western democracies.

Over the summer, the Group of Seven (G-7) underscored “the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues.”

“We remain seriously concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and strongly oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo and increase tensions,” the G-7 said in a joint statement.

Reuters contributed to this report. 

From The Epoch Times