China demonstrated strength by sending its latest aircraft carrier near Taiwan
BEIJING, (BM) – China demonstrated strength by sending its latest aircraft carrier near Taiwan shortly after the US destroyer’s presence in the Taiwan Strait, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24. For the Taiwanese side, this is a clear signal that it is necessary to strengthen its defense capabilities.
The armed forces of the Republic of China in Taiwan closely monitored the appearance of a Chinese carrier group in the Taiwan Strait, led by the newest Shantung unit. In addition to the aircraft mentioned above carrier officially capable of taking on board an aviation team of 32 planes and 12 helicopters, four other surface units belonging to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army are placing near the island.
According to the Taipei Defense Ministry, they came from the Dalian port in the northern part of China. Sources report that the Shantung voyage connects with the winter ferrying to the port more convenient for continuing the training processes in winter conditions.
In addition to the carrier and escort, two planes belonging to ChALW arrived again near the Taiwanese Air Defense Identification Zone [ADIZ] on Sunday. It was the Y-8 EW radio-electronic warfare machine and another anti-submarine combat machine, i.e., the Y-8 ASW. We remind you that four days ago, the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense informed us that Chinese radio-electronic warfare, anti-submarine, electronic intelligence, and reconnaissance machines were also operating near the island.
Naval resources and combat aircraft were to be used on the Taipei side to monitor the Chinese aircraft carrier battlegroup’s movements routinely. Reuters points out that the emergence of a robust Chinese grouping took place in response to an American ship’s earlier voyage. The Americans then pointed out that their USS Mustin [Arleigh Burke-type missile destroyer] was in the Taiwan Strait as part of a guarantee for safety and freedom of navigation throughout the region, based on international standards. It was the 12th cruise of its kind conducted by the US Navy this year.
However, the Chinese side considers such actions as an attempt to undermine its claims against Taiwan. Beijing was to comment on the USS Mustin’s cruise in terms of a signal sent to the island’s independence supporters. The Chinese consider being part of its undivided territory [in their opinion, it is the so-called rebel province]. The USS Mustin was under close surveillance at all times, according to an official communiqué of the People’s Liberation Army.
Also, China is continuously emphasizing that the appearance of its ships and planes near Taiwan is only an element of routine activities, including exercises conducted in the direction of the highly conflicting area of the South China Sea.
Just as Beijing sees nothing surprising about the military expansion around Taiwan, the government of the Republic of China in Taiwan must take into account this kind of military challenge. To this end, a broad modernization of its military resources should carry out. Above all, efforts should be made to increase political and military cooperation with the United States.
Washington is the guarantor of the island’s security, which is by no means able to counteract a possible Chinese military operation or an attempt to isolate Taiwan by force [economic blockade] and thus impose its sovereignty on it. However, in the analysis of Taiwan’s critical strategic thought center – National Defense and Security Research [INDSR], the Taiwanese must think first about their own ability to defend the island.
China believes it can invade Taiwan in 24 hours, but that is not the case at all
Tensions between China and Taiwan have escalated sharply in recent months. The threats followed one after another, especially after Taiwan decided to buy 66 F-16 fighters. China seeks to look strong and powerful by conducting a series of exercises aimed at demonstrating superiority.
However, the goals set before the Chinese government for disarming Taiwan’s air defense ground systems in two hours, followed by an air attack, would be feasible. Is it possible for China to carry out such an attack so quickly and efficiently and to end the Taiwanese resistance quickly within 24 hours? Let’s see!
According to Naval and Merchant Ships magazine, the Chinese government has commissioned a computer simulation of such a scenario, and subsequent simulations have shown that this is entirely achievable and possible.
Analysis of the results shows that China is capable of an intensive artillery and air strike, which will destroy the Taiwanese air defense system within five to ten minutes. It sounds optimistic, but again – it’s just a computer simulation. So, after the “successful” artillery attack on Taiwan’s air defense systems, it would be appropriate to be followed by an air attack by the Chinese Air Force, and as we know, they currently have both Russian-made fighters and their own, mostly the 4th Fighter. the J-16 generation and the fifth-generation J-20 fighter.
What we still know from the published analytical data from the simulation attack is the inclusion of both Chinese aircraft carriers, which would be useful in case of “external” support in favor of Taiwan. It is difficult to predict there, as we are talking about two clear Chinese aircraft carriers and a vague enemy, which can be anyone, with any weapon.
The data concludes that Chinese troops will enter the islands and everything will end quickly. Everything looks wonderful and possible, according to the Chinese military and the simulation. However, the well-known maxim in the military case “no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy” is also valid in this Chinese scenario. The data on the optimism with which artillery, air force and landing forces would cope with “possible foreign intervention” are quite doubtful.
China has forgotten that the United States and its partners have really good ground and air equipment to monitor, analyze and assess the situation, and will see the attacks in question before they begin. Deploying specific systems takes time, and the Chinese military has not considered this more than important fact. Of course, so far only the United States maintains its level of presence in the Pacific, but even that is enough to make timely decisions and measures. Let’s not forget the dozens of American attack platforms located in the same region, especially in places like Guam.
The Pentagon has also positioned dozens of B-2 and B-52 bombers in the region, which, if China has forgotten, regularly carry out various reconnaissance missions. Even the fact that until a month ago Beijing complained about the “near entry” of American aircraft into Chinese airspace under the guise of civilian liners should tell Beijing that this tactic works and can also be used.
“Suppression of foreign interference” by Beijing not only sounds incredible, but it is an absurd statement. The next statement that the Chinese air force would deal with Taiwanese fighters or air defenses also sounds absurd. Taiwan currently has modern means and weapons technology that would face the Chinese attack without any problems, and would even respond appropriately. China misses another important fact – Taiwan has an early warning system that could have the opposite effect – no, or very few Chinese missiles will be able to reach the target, let alone destroy it.
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