“At a daily news briefing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said China sought “peaceful reunification” and urged Australia to “fully understand the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue”[1].

But 2 weeks ago, a ‘Record number’ of China jets entered Taiwan’s air zone:
The [Taiwan] defence ministry said 25 [PRC] aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered its air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday. The incursion is the largest in a year and comes as the US warns against an “increasingly aggressive China”[2].

“And the sabre-rattling has increased dramatically since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen won election in 2016, as she rejects the idea that the island is part of “one China”. Last year, Chinese jets made a record 380 incursions into Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ)”[3].

According to[4]:
“Beijing has declared it prefers the idea of war over allowing closer Taiwan-US ties’.
A strike force of 25 Chinese fighters, bombers and surveillance aircraft threatened Taiwan’s borders on Monday as a high-level delegation of US officials visited the island. Beijing’s reaction was predictably bellicose. Spokesman Ma Xiaoguang declared:
“The signal given by the military drills is that we are determined to stop Taiwan independence, and stop Taiwan from working with the US. We are doing it with action. We do not promise to abandon the use of force, and retain the option of taking all necessary measures”.


  1. China says Australia must stick to ‘One China’ policy…
  2. “Taiwan: ‘Record number’ of China jets enter air zone”
  3. China jet incursions
  4. China declares war is preferable over closer Taiwan-US ties

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