Taiwan has said that Chinese jets made a record 380 incursions last year into the southwest Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ), indicating that tensions between the two neighbours are at all-time-high.
Taiwanese defence ministry spokesman Shih Shun-wen on Tuesday said China violated the ADIZ far more frequently in 2020 than previous years. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and often carries out military activity near the Strait in order to send a message to Taipei that it holds the capability to take over the island nation by force.
Relations between Taiwan and China deteriorated after the current Taiwanese President Tsai-Ing wen took over in 2016. Tsai-Ing wen dismisses Beijing’s ‘One-China’ claim and also refuses to accept the ‘1992 Consensus’. China is accused of repeatedly using its military might to scare Taiwan into accepting its terms. However, Taiwan refuses to bow down in front of China’s aggressive tactics in the South China Sea and is looking to make its relations stronger with the United States to counter the Asian giant.
Earlier last year, South China Morning Post had opined that China has increased the incursions into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) so that the country spends most of its military budget in responding to the adventurism by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
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