Taiwan Air Force Stages Drill to Intercept Chinese Planes Amid Tensions

The Taiwanese Air Force has staged a drill on Wednesday simulating a war scenario that showed Taiwan’s combat readiness amid heightened military tensions with China.

“With the very high frequency of Communist planes entering our ADIZ, pilots from our wing are very experienced and have dealt with almost all types of their aircraft,” Major Yen Hsiang-sheng said.

Before takeoff, the flight crew rushed to prepare the aircraft as an alarm sounded.

The exercises were part of a three-day drill to show Taiwan’s battle readiness ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday at the end of January.

Tensions across the Taiwan Strait have been rising in the past few years, with Taiwan complaining of repeated missions by China’s air force near the democratic island.

Taiwan authorities said Chinese military aircraft frequently fly into the southwestern part of its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) airspace that Taiwan monitors and patrols.

According to media reports, China has not ruled out using force to bring Taiwan under its control.

In a new year message for China last week, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said military conflict is not the answer. 

China answered with a serious warning that if Taiwan crossed any red line it would lead to a “profound catastrophe.”

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