Now that Russia has made its move on Ukraine, China is now turning their sights towards the nation of Taiwan, as the Taiwan Defense Ministry announced that a total of nine Chinese aircraft entered its Air Defense Zone.
It seems that the Chinese dictator, Xi Jinping, has been emboldened by Russia’s move in Europe and sees the opportunity to finally seize control of Taiwan, of what he says has always belonged to China.
The Hill reported:
China’s foreign ministry on Wednesday said Taiwan is “not Ukraine” and has always been a part of China amid Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s calls to ramp up vigilance on military activities in response to the crisis in Ukraine.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying dismissed the concerns of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said there might be worldwide consequences, including for Taiwan, if Western nations failed to support Ukraine’s independence, according to Reuters.
“Taiwan is not Ukraine,” Hua said while speaking in Beijing. “Taiwan has always been an inalienable part of China. This is an indisputable legal and historical fact.”
Hua noted that the situation with Taiwan is the result of the country’s civil war in the mid-20th century but that China’s integrity should have never been compromised and has never been compromised.
The very next day, China sent their military aircraft into Taiwan’s airspace.
Taiwan’s air force scrambled again on Thursday to warn away nine Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense zone, Taiwan’s defense ministry said, on the same day that Russia invaded Ukraine, a crisis being watched closely in Taipei.
Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has complained of regular such missions by the Chinese air force over the last two years, though the aircraft do not get close to Taiwan itself.
The number of aircraft involved was well off the last large-scale incursion, 39 Chinese aircraft on January 23, and since then, such fly-bys have been sporadic with far fewer aircraft.
The ministry said the latest mission involved eight Chinese J-16 fighters and one Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft, which flew over an area to the northeast of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands at the top end of the South China Sea.
Taiwan released an official statement on the matter, condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Foreign Ministry spokesperson Joanna Ou, said it was an attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty.
“Ukrainian cities like Kyiv has been attacked by gunfire, leading to fears of a full-scale war between Russia and Ukraine,” she said. “We call on all sides to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and oppose the use of violence or coercion to change the status quo.” Said Ou.
China refused to condemn the invasion, saying that all sides should “exercise restraint” and implied that it was the United States fault for fueling the tensions.
During a long press briefing in Beijing, the ministry refused to call it an invasion according to CNN:
In a Ministry of Foreign Affairs briefing that went on for more than 90 minutes, spokesperson and Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying dodged more than 11 questions regarding Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
They included repeated inquiries on whether Beijing would consider Russia’s acts an invasion and whether they violated Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Hua asked reporters, “Why are you obsessed with this question?” in response to this.
“You can ask the US side. They keep fueling fires… You can ask them if they have any plans to put out the fire.”
Hua added that China will be buying Russian wheat to ease the sanctions put on them by the West.
The ministry spokesperson also noted that the conflict was “very complicated” and that “security concerns of all parties” should be addressed – referring to China’s support of Russia rejecting NATO expansion in Europe.