Tensions have increased between democratically-ruled Taiwan and China after repeated missions by Beijing’s air force near the island. It has concentrated in the southwestern part of its air defence zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands. Former US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has warned it is “all over” if China takes over Taiwan.
She said: “The last Olympics that they had was their coming out. That is how they saw it.
“They were introducing themselves to the world. This next Olympics, if it goes unscathed, this is their way of showing that they now the superpower of the world.
“If we don’t boycott, if we don’t do something really call them out, mark my words, Taiwan is next.
“And if they take Taiwan, it is all over because they will think that give them free rein to grab any territory, not in the region but anywhere they want to go.”
Twenty-eight Chinese air force aircraft, including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers, entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ), the island’s government said, the largest reported incursion to date.
While there was no immediate comment from Beijing, the news comes after the Group of Seven leaders issued a joint statement on Sunday scolding China for a series of issues and underscored the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, comments China condemned as “slander”.
Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained over the last few months of repeated missions by China’s air force near the self-ruled island, concentrated in the southwestern part of its air defence zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.
The latest Chinese mission involved 14 J-16 and six J-11 fighters, as well as four H-6 bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, and anti-submarine, electronic warfare and early warning aircraft, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said.
China has in the past described such missions as necessary to protect the country’s sovereignty and deal with “collusion” between Taipei and Washington.
The United States, which like most countries has no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, has watched with alarm the stepped-up tensions with Beijing.
“In response to the growing PRC threat, we will continue deepening our unofficial security relationship to ensure Taiwan has sufficient capabilities to defend itself,” a senior US administration official told Reuters, referring to the People’s Republic of China.
A Pentagon spokesperson added that China’s “increasing military activities conducted in the vicinity of Taiwan are destabilizing and increase the risk of miscalculation.”
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