In an escalation of the threatening invasion of Taiwan airspace, aircraft from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) entered the air space eight times between June 9 and June 22, increasing tension between the two states.
The Taiwan air force responded promptly to the foreign aircrafts’ presence, issuing warnings and sent air reconnaissance and patrol aircraft to intercept them, the Ministry of National Defense reported, according to Taiwan News.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Tsai Shih-ying referred to the airspace violation cases, encouraging his country to strengthen its investment in the air force and urging the military to make higher-risk decisions.
The CCP is also promoting military aggression against several countries in the region, including India where dozens of soldiers from both sides were killed in a recent confrontation.
Likewise, the creation of artificial islands and the claim by the CCP of islets located in the South China Sea violates the interests of countries such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei.
Although Taiwan is an independent democratic nation, the CCP seeks to annex it and it would lose all the rights it currently enjoys.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said its nation was on high alert against the military threat to its democracy posed by the CCP, which is now engaged in the further repression of Hong Kong.
Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu believes that his country could be the next target of the CCP if Hong Kong were to lose autonomy, a victim of the legislation the Party passed to subjugate the city’s inhabitants even further.
According to Harvard University political science professor Graham Allison, Taiwan’s continued quest for independence could result in an invasion by Beijing, according to VOA.
However, direct military action would be limited by the CCP’s uncertainty about the international community’s response.
To face the threat posed by the CCP, Taiwan has, in addition to its own military forces, the strong support of the United States.
Allison believes that the United States would join in an eventual armed conflict once Beijing’s troops cross the Taiwan Strait.