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MND DISMISSES RUMOR OF CHINA'S LIAONING CARRIER ADJUSTING COURSE FOR PHOTOS|遼寧艦配合我拍照要求? 國防部:背離事實

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-07-17
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China's naval carrier Liaoning sailed past Taiwan's east coast for the first time last year. And now rumors are surfacing that a helicopter sent by the Taiwanese Navy to monitor the ship briefly engaged it in a conversation and asked the aircraft carrier to adjust its course and come closer for photographs. The rumor also stated that the carrier, surprisingly, did as asked. The Defense Ministry, however, has dismissed these rumors as pure speculation.

China's Liaoning aircraft carrier sailed through the waters off eastern Taiwan for the first time last year, becoming the focus of much attention. Rumors said that Taiwan's navy sent S70-C anti-submarine helicopters to monitor the carrier, and conducted a radio conversation with the Liaoning asking it to come closer for better photographs. The rumors said that the carrier formation complied with the request.

==CHEN WEI-HAO Military Magazine Editor-in-Chief==
This involves the problem of different radio channels used on the two sides. Communicating with planes and ships of other countries, particularly the PRC, is highly unlikely in the real world.

Military experts said that Japan also conducted air and surface monitoring and photography of the Liaoning when the carrier sailed into waters near Japan. Taiwan's practices were not unique in this respect. The Liaoning is free to sail through international waters. However, if Taiwan's planes were to monitor the carrier while it sailed through the west side of the Taiwan Strait, then misunderstandings could occur.

==CHEN WEI-HAO Military Magazine Editor-in-Chief==
If it is sailing along the central line of the Taiwan Strait, or west of the line, then you must consider that the PRC has anti-air missiles deployed along the Fujian coast as well as military planes. So monitoring the carrier in that circumstance will be highly sensitive.

The Ministry of National Defense's Navy command responded to the rumors saying that they were baseless speculation. As China's navy has grown and a "cold peace" has settled across the Taiwan Strait, any possible military disturbances has taken on particular significance.

Translated by JOHN CHEN

中國海軍遼寧艦在去年底首度東遶台灣,引發關注,傳出就在要穿越巴士海峽進入南海時,我海軍派出S70-C反潛直升機監偵,並以無線電與遼寧艦員通話,要求縮短間距,方便拍照,沒想到艦群也配合調整。不過國防部表示,是純屬臆測,背離事實。

中國大陸航艦遼寧艦去年底,由5艘作戰艦隨行,首度出第一島鏈,並且東遶台灣,當時引起高度關注,傳出遼寧艦群要穿越巴士海峽進入南海時,我海軍派出S70-C反潛直升機監偵,甚至與遼寧艦以無線電通話,要求縮短間距方便拍照,沒想到艦群隨後進行調整。

==軍事雜誌主編 陳維浩==
有涉及到兩邊的
無線電使用的頻道的問題
跟其他國家
尤其跟中共的飛機或船艦去通話
這在現實世界
是不太可能的一個事情

軍事專家指出,日本去年底對遼寧艦行駛日方周邊水域,都有空中和水面監控並拍照,各國皆然,台灣也不例外,只是列為國防機密顯少公布,但遼寧艦只要在公海,就有航行自由,若沿台灣海峽中線以西而行,我方戰機監偵行動,就容易引發誤判情勢。

==軍事雜誌主編 陳維浩==
台海中線或是中線以西
那你就必須考慮到中共在
福建沿海布署的防空飛彈也好
戰機也好 那可是非常密集
那這樣的一個動作
是一個很敏感的事情

我海軍與遼寧艦是否真有短暫接觸,國防部海軍司令部發出聲明,表示空中照相還有對話,是純屬臆測,背離事實。在中國海軍近年大幅成長,以及兩岸互動冷和局勢下,兩岸軍事風吹草動,都引發關注。

記者 李曉儒 莊志成 台北報導