On Feb. 28, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entered its fifth day. Consecutively, from Feb. 24 to 28, the Chinese military sent planes to intrude into Taiwan’s southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ).
Taiwan’s The Ministry of National Defense (MND) released a report on its official website on Feb. 28 evening describing the latest developments. From Feb. 24 to Feb. 28, a range of fighter aircraft, technical reconnaissance planes, and anti-submarine aircraft had infested Taiwan’s ADIZ.
Five days in a row, Taiwan Air Force responded with air patrol forces, broadcast repulsion, and anti-aircraft missile tracking and monitoring.
The U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet webmaster posted on Twitter and the official website on Feb. 26 that it sailed through the Taiwan Strait.
“The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) is conducting a routine Taiwan Strait transit Feb. 26 through international waters in accordance with international law. The ship is transiting through a corridor in the Strait beyond the territorial sea of any coastal State. The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows,” is stated on its official web.
Focus Taiwan newspaper wrote that Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense also confirmed this information and pointed out that the national army has been in control of the surrounding sea and airspace dynamics throughout, and the situation is normal.
MND said on Feb. 27 that the national army would make all necessary measures to safeguard national security, according to Liberty Times’ Facebook page. According to the Ministry, in response to the escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict and the threat of hostilities, the Taiwan army maintains a high level of alertness and vigilance, strict monitoring, and detection of the situation mastery of the military dynamics surrounding the Taiwan Strait. Therefore, according to MND, Taiwan’s army has the capability and determination to protect the country and its people.