China had flown about 28 warplanes close to Taiwan in the early test of Joe Biden’s foreign policy. China sent two large formations of warplanes near the island of Taiwan, a self-governing island believed to belong to mainland China by Beijing.
The muscle flexing of the Chinese army over the weekend poses a big foreign policy threat to the current President of the United States, Joe Biden, just days into his new administration.
13 Chinese aircraft reached the southwestern portion of the island’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday, according to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry, accompanied by 15 on Sunday, causing Taipei to scramble fighter jets to track Chinese aircraft.
Chinese military aircraft made more than 380 flights to the island’s air defense identification zone last year, according to Taiwan’s defense ministry.
The timing of the Chinese flights and their use of fighter jets and bombers seemed to be meant to give Biden a warning since China’s repressive moves against Taiwan were repeatedly protested by the former government.
The Biden administration urged Beijing in a statement Saturday to avoid attempting to bully Taiwan.
In spite of the fact that Taiwan has been ruled independently for more than seven decades, Beijing asserts absolute sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of almost 24 million inhabitants situated off the southeast coast of mainland China.
The President of China, Xi Jinping, promised that Beijing would never allow the island to become autonomous and, if possible, refused to rule out the use of force.
The US allowed the selling of sophisticated military arms to Taiwan under Trump’s presidency, including F-16 fighter jets, while sending high-level envoys to the island, all moves that enraged Beijing.
Biden’s inauguration last week was attended by Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the US, Hsiao Bi-khim, a sign of solidarity for the new US president – the first such official invitation to the Taipei government’s representative since 1979, when Washington formed formal diplomatic relations with Beijing.
State Department spokesman Price said on Saturday, in addition to endorsing Taiwan, that Washington will also stand with other friends and allies in the Indo-Pacific, as China is scaling up its military operations in the region.
At the weekend, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier task group reached the South China Sea, the first deployment by one of the 100,000-ton warships and its contingent of over 60 aircraft under the Biden administration.
The carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and its guided-missile cruiser and destroyer escorts were on a planned deployment to preserve independence in the South China Sea, almost all of which China considers to be its sovereign territory, a US Navy statement said.