US Secretary of Defense Says China Is 'Rehearsing' 共機擾台頻率增 美防長:疑排練各種行動

China's military aircraft continue to encircle Taiwan. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that it appears China is using all types of operations as rehearsals. National Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said that the military will continue to monitor them.


“This is a Republic of China Air Force broadcast directed at the Chinese military aircraft flying at an altitude of 2,000 meters in Taiwan's southwest airspace. You have already entered our airspace and are affecting our flight safety. Turn around and leave immediately.”

The military didn't release any information on Chinese military aircraft in Taiwan's airspace on Dec. 5, but the "Southwest Airspace of Taiwan" Facebook page posted audio of the Air Force dispelling Chinese aircraft in Taiwan's southwest ADIZ at around noon. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on Dec. 4 during the Reagan National Defense Forum that it looks like China is exploring its capabilities and it looks a lot like rehearsals.

Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of Defense: “I don't want to speculate but certainly you know, it looks like a lot like them exploring their true capabilities and sure, it looks a lot like rehearsals.”

Chiu Kuo-cheng, National Defense Minister: “Actually, for Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu, where we train is where we will fight. Along those lines, what we prepare are all things that may happen. After all, why would they fly here and not over there? They have their purposes, and we are carefully monitoring them.”

National Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said there is a reason why Chinese military aircraft continue to buzz around Taiwan's airspace, and the military will continue to monitor them. Former Army Commander in Chief Hu Chen-pu said during a radio interview with former President Chen Shui-bian that if China attacks Taiwan's Taiping Island, Taiwan can attack China's Yongxing Island. Chiu declined to comment on this, but said the military has planned various responses.

Chiu Kuo-cheng, National Defense Minister: “We have already drawn up various possible actions plans for combat. They take into account what the enemy will do, and our response. We already have these. I won't comment on this.”

The Armed Forces Reserve Command recently issued an advance notice for mobilization in 2022. It contained the words "targets of the 2022 wartime mobilization," and the word "wartime" caught the public's attention. Chiu said refresher training occurs every year. However, it happens that right now cross-strait issues are in the news and the Ministry of National Defense is not trying to stir up tension.

 

 

 

 

「中華民國空軍廣播,位於台灣西南空域,高度2000公尺的中共軍機注意,你已進入我空域,影響我飛航安全,立即迴轉脫離。」

雖然軍方5日沒有公布中國軍機擾台資訊,不過臉書西南空域臉書專頁公布5日中午12點多,對岸軍機進入我ADIZ西南空域時,空軍廣播驅離的錄音,對於中國軍機持續擾台的行為,美國國防部長奧斯汀4日在雷根國防論壇時表示,很像是在確認軍事能量、與排練各項行動。

美國國防部長奧斯汀表示:「我不想猜測,但當然你知道的,他們看起來,很像是他們探索他們的真實能力,而且當然看起來像是排練。」

國防部長邱國正說:「事實上對我們台澎金馬來講的話,我們練兵地方就是我們要作戰的地方,這一樣的道理,所以我們預畫性的,這個都是有可能的,因為他畢竟,他否則的話,他幹嘛在這邊飛,不到那邊去飛,都有他的目的,但我們對他的目的,我們加以密注。」

國防部長邱國正表示,中國軍機選擇在我國附近空域必定有其目的,國軍會密切關注。至於前陸軍總司令胡鎮埔在接受前總統陳水扁廣播節目訪問時提到,如果中國攻打我國太平島,我國也可以攻打對方的永興島,邱國正對此不願評論,但強調國軍有各項應對作為規劃。

邱國正表示:「我們作戰本來就擬定,各種可能行動方案,然後敵人有什麼可能,那我們怎麼應對,這個是本來就有的,這個我不會去做什麼評論。」

另外國防部後備指揮部日前發出「國軍111年度動員召集預告書」,內容寫到「111年度戰時動員召集對象」,戰時兩字引發關注,邱國正強調教召每年都有,只是剛好最近兩岸議題受到關注,國防部並沒有攪動緊張氣氛的意味。