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Expert: China’s military incursions in Taiwan’s ADIZ a response to Japan-U.S.-U.K. military exercises

  • October 6, 2021
  • , Mainichi , p. 8
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What is China’s aim in suddenly increasing its military aircraft incursions into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ)? Mainichi asked Meikai University professor Kotani Tetsuo, a specialist in U.S. and East Asian security. As told to Mainichi’s Okubo Ayumu.


A number of Chinese military aircraft may have entered Taiwan’s ADIZ as a response to large-scale joint military exercises conducted by the U.S., U.K., and Japan in the waters around Taiwan on Oct. 2 and 3.


The naval exercise was of an unprecedented scale, where the U.K. aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth joined two U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, the Ronald Reagan and Carl Vinson. Japan, the U.S. and U.K. sent a strong message of support to Taiwan, which is always under Chinese military pressure. If China were to remain silent against this visible containment, there would be a fierce domestic backlash. It is apparent that China sent military aircraft into the ADIZ with unprecedented frequency and at an unprecedented scale to clearly display its intention to protest.


China’s incursions have been concentrated in the last few days. The motive for these is likely to be the military exercises. The main aim of the incursions was to send a political message, but China may also have been simulating attacks on U.S. and U.K. aircraft carriers.


Now that the military exercises are over, there will no longer be dozens of military aircraft flying into the ADIZ every day.  The U.S./U.K. and China are acting as a check on each other over Taiwan, and it is unlikely that the situation will develop into a military conflict.


There is growing pressure on China, as Germany also dispatches warships to the Asia-Pacific region in addition to the U.S. and U.K. China will take strong action again if the U.S., Europe, and Japan cooperate to conduct more large-scale military exercises around Taiwan.

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