China sent out 30 warplanes to Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense. The maneuver accompanies a formerly unannounced visit to Taiwan by a U.S. congressional delegation led by Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois to the island country’s capital Taipei.
The Chinese aircrafts transiting through Taiwan’s ADIZ that day consisted of 2 Shaanxi KJ-500 air-borne early caution and control airplanes, 4 Y-8 electronic intelligence airplanes, one Y-8 electronic warfare airplane, and one Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane.
30 PLA aircrafts (KJ-500 AEW&C*2, Y-8 ELINT*4, Y-8 EW*1, Y-8 ASW*1, J-16*6, J-11*8, J-10*4, SU-35*2, and SU-30*2) entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on May 30, 2022. Please check our official website for more information: https://t.co/0lmMYSyNQr pic.twitter.com/OwUE8CXF5G
— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) May 30, 2022
Amongst the 30 warplanes were 6 Shenyang J-16 multirole strike fighters, 8 J-11 jet fighters, 4 J-10 multirole fight airplane, 2 SU-35 air defense fighters, and 2 SU-30 multirole fighter airplane.
The congressional delegation met with Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu on Monday. The foreign ministry hosted a welcome banquet for the Illinois Democrat and her delegation at the Taipei Guest House.
On the 31st, the delegation met Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen for talks on “regional security, economic and trade cooperation, and all issues related to US-Taiwan bilateral relations,” Xavier Chang, a spokesperson for Ing-wen’s workplace, stated, according to CNN.
Today I met with @SenDuckworth to explore opportunities for closer #Taiwan–#US cooperation in regional security, trade & investment. I deeply appreciate your staunch support for Taiwan & your sponsorship of legislation to strengthen our bilateral ties. pic.twitter.com/3jQ0xQXQDh
— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) May 31, 2022
Tsai revealed Tuesday that the two nations have actually prepared “cooperation” in between the U.S. National Guard and Taiwan’s militaries, Reuters reported.
“The U.S. Department of Defense is now proactively planning cooperation between the U.S. National Guard and Taiwan’s defense forces,” Taiwan’s president said, according to the wire service.
“We look forward to closer and deeper Taiwan-U.S. cooperation on matters of regional security,” Tsai further said.
“In the near future, we look forward to Taiwan and the United States working together in taking new steps to develop concrete plans that further deepen our economic partnership.”
The present visit to Taiwan is Duckworth’s 2nd. The Illinois Democrat had actually formerly checked out the island nation in June 2021 with a bipartisan delegation to talk about COVID-19 matters, to name a few issues.
During the 2021 visit, Duckworth had also announced the U.S. transfer of 750,000 COVID-19 vaccine dosages to the nation after it experienced problems associating with importing vaccines because of limitations from Beijing, which still considers Taiwan to be a breakaway province of China despite decades of de facto independence.
The May 30th maneuver by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force comes a week after U.S. President Joe Biden pledged that the U.S. would intervene militarily should China attack Taiwan during a May 23 news conference in Japan.
“When it comes to issues related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and other core interests, there is no room for China to compromise or make concessions, and no one should underestimate the strong determination, firm will and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said of Biden’s remarks, France 24 reported.
“Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. The Taiwan issue is purely an internal affair of China that allows no foreign intervention,” Wang said.
China’s foreign ministry condemned Duckworth’s visit to Taiwan.
“China will continue to take strong measures to resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said of the Illinois Democrat’s visit, according to Reuters.