Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by Beijing; from talking to The Post during an interview in Washington on May 5, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said China had been carefully observing the current situation of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
He said, “If the international community somehow allows or condones Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, it might send a wrong message that such actions can be tolerated in other parts of the world, including the Indo-Pacific.”
China increases the 2022 defense budget by 7.1%. It’s now raising fears that it could expand its control over disputed waters in the South China Sea or Taiwan.
Recently, Japan sent more warships and jet fighters in response to the Chinese aircraft carrier drills.
Japan Self-Defense Forces’ Joint Staff Office published a press release on May 2. Accordingly, China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier and seven accompanying seven destroyers and supply vessels conducted military drills in the Western Pacific Ocean with fighter planes and helicopters on May 4.
Japanese Defense Ministry said the Izumo light aircraft carrier, as well as P-1 maritime patrol aircraft and P-3C anti-submarine aircraft, were despatched to monitor the activities of the Chinese ships. Fighter jests are also scrambling in response to Liaoning’s jets’ activities.
Japan is keeping the area’s military activities in check; it’s worrying about the future of Taiwan, which China claims is a renegade province.
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force confirmed that Chinese naval vessels passed through waters between Japan’s Okinawa and Miyako islands before entering the West Pacific.
These include the Liaoning aircraft carrier, the Type 055 large guided-missile destroyer Nanchang, the Type 052D guided-missile destroyer Chengdu, and the Type 901 comprehensive supply ship Hulunhu.
In light of the ongoing threat of Beijing’s invasion, Taipei stated on May 6 that Beijing dispatched more than a dozen jets into Taiwan’s air defense zone, including fighters and bombers.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese military spokesperson Sun Li-fang told RFA reporters on May 3 that the Taiwanese military is closely monitoring Chinese military activities in the waters and airspace surrounding Taiwan. He added that Taiwan will take “appropriate response measures” if necessary.