In the shadow of Afghanistan: China is training near Taiwan

BEIJING, ($1= 6.48 Chinese Yuans) – In parallel with the chaotic evacuation of American personnel from Afghanistan, the People’s Republic of China conducted a large-scale exercise in the vicinity of Taiwan, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24.

Chinese media and government officials hailed this as a response to US and Taiwanese “provocations.” At the same time, there were voices that the fate of Afghanistan should be a warning to the “separatists” from Taiwan, who would be left on their own if necessary.

Ships, fighters, multi-role planes, sea patrols, and bombers took part in the exercises. The Taiwanese government reported the discovery of 11 machines, including six multi-role J-16s, the KJ-500 early warning and anti-submarine Y-8 aircraft, as well as two H-6K bombers. The Chinese themselves in a short statement also informed about the use of ships and airborne systems of the ZOP.

These machines, according to the Taiwanese, were to practice gaining air domination. There were probably also activities in the field of electronic warfare. It could also be about collecting data on electromagnetic emissions emitted by Japanese and American planes, including the F-35, to fight them more effectively in the event of possible relief for the island by these countries.

The exercises were conducted simultaneously to the southeast and southwest of the largest island belonging to the Republic of China [Taiwan]. Chinese planes operated, among others between Taiwan and the Taiwanese Pratas Islands and in the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan. Taiwanese fighters were picked up in reaction.

The People’s Republic of China reported that the exercises were a reaction to “provocations” by other countries and interference in the internal affairs of the PRC, as well as provocations of Taiwanese separatists.

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