China and the United States have had repeated confrontations in the South China Sea and western Pacific Ocean recently. On Aug. 6, Chinese aircraft appeared in Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone. Shortly after, U.S. aircraft passed through the Bashi Channel.
This is the Republic of China Air Force. The Chinese Communist Party military aircraft located in Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone at an altitude of 3,000 meters, please note that you have entered our airspace and affected our flight safety. You must turn around and leave immediately.
According to military enthusiasts, Chinese military aircraft appeared in Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone at 8 a.m. on Aug. 6. The Air Force immediately made a broadcast to drive the planes away.
Shortly after at 9 a.m., military enthusiasts noticed U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft passing through the Bashi Channel. At 10 a.m., P-3C anti-submarine aircraft did the same. The previous night, E-8C command and control aircraft had passed through the channel and made four circles around the southwest ADIZ before returning to Kadena Air Base. This shows the frequency of Chinese and American appearances in the ADIZ.
We were in full control of the situation in the southwest part, and we also immediately took the necessary response, which was also extremely suitable.
The U.S. is flexing its muscles and using a combination of diplomatic and military tactics to send clear strategic signals to Beijing. Its primary objective is to maintain regional peace and stability.
Statistics compiled by military enthusiasts show that American military aircraft passed through the Bashi Channel every day in July with the exception of the 24th and 30th. There were a total of 152 sorties. The ROC Air Force warned Chinese aircraft to depart the southwest ADIZ on at least 12 occasions. Meanwhile, a Reuters article reported that the U.S. government is planning to sell at least four sophisticated SeaGuardian surveillance drones to Taiwan. The cost, including training and assistance, is about US$600 million, or NT$17.6 billion.
Traditionally, the U.S. only sells to NATO and non-NATO allies, so this shows that the relationship between Taiwan and the U.S. has deepened some more.
The Ministry of National Defense did not comment on this arms deal. Scholars say SeaGuardian drones can carry defensive missiles that defend against attacks by enemy boats. Only the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Japan, and South Korea have been allowed to purchase American-made drones.