The situation in the Taiwan Strait is tense, and the Crisis Group's conflict tracker for June showed deteriorated situations in 16 countries and areas, including the Taiwan Strait, Korean Peninsula, and China-India border. Scholars attribute the unstable situation in the Taiwan Strait to the competition between China and the United States.
The situation in the Taiwan Strait remains tense. So far this year, the People's Liberation Army has sent military aircraft to encircle Taiwan on 14 occasions, as well as entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone. The majority of the incidents occurred in June. The Crisis Group therefore listed the Taiwan Strait, Korean Peninsula, and China-India border in the 16 countries and areas with deteriorated situations in June. The report also indicated China will use all necessary measures to prevent Taiwan's independence.
It's still primarily due to the competition between the United States and China. There are signs that it has escalated compared to before. There has been an increased frequency of incursions into our air defense identification zone recently. During this time, the U.S. military has also stepped up the frequency of freedom of navigation voyages through the Taiwan Strait.
The report said Taiwan has concerns over the new security law for Hong Kong. This is not the first time that the Taiwan Strait has been listed as a deteriorated situation, but it was the first time this year. Scholars say this is a big warning sign for Taiwan, although there is little possibility of a large-scale conflict erupting in the Taiwan Strait at the present stage. With regards to the South China Sea, the PLA and the U.S. military recently held military exercises at the same time. On July 8, the U.S. announced that aircraft carriers Nimitz and Ronald Reagan and their carrier strike groups entered the South China Sea and will use force to achieve peace.
The U.S. Navy specially said that our exercises are not targeted at any country. However, the message it is sending is that we are the strongest naval force in this region, we have been present here for the last dozen years, and what we are doing includes freedom of navigation voyages and defending the stability of this region.
China has emerged as a power, and it's trying to increase its influence on its neighbors. It is even trying to control the entire South China Sea. The U.S. has sent two aircraft carriers and even a third to send the message that the U.S. still plays the most important role in the Asia-Pacific region and even the Indo-Pacific region.
Scholars say the U.S. has been holding military exercises with two aircraft carriers for many years, and its presence in the South China Sea is meant to show its superiority and send a political message. On July 8, the Japan Self-Defense Forces announced two of its warships are holding training exercises with the U.S. in the South China Sea to strengthen U.S.-Japan cooperation.