Military tensions with China are at their worst in more than 40 years, Taiwan’s defense minister said on Wednesday, days after a record number of Chinese planes flew over the island’s air defenses.
Tensions have reached a new high between Taipei and Beijing, which claims the democratic island as its territory, and Chinese military aircraft repeatedly pass through Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.
During a four-day period from last Friday, Taiwan reported that around 150 Chinese Air Force aircraft entered its air defense area, part of a pattern of continued harassment of Beijing’s island of Taipei.
Asked by a lawmaker in parliament on the current military tensions with China, Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said the situation was “the most dire” in more than 40 years since joining the military, adding that “misfires” “There was danger. “Across the sensitive Taiwan Strait.
“As a military man, that’s immediately in front of me,” he told a parliamentary committee that reviewed $240 billion ($8.6 billion) of special military spending for domestic weapons, including missiles and warships.
China says Taiwan should be taken by force if necessary. Taiwan says it is an independent country and will defend its freedom and democracy, blaming China for tensions.
Chiu said China already has the capability to invade Taiwan and will be able to launch a “full-scale” invasion by 2025.
“By 2025, China will bring costs and migration to its lowest level. It has the potential now, but it will not easily start a war with many other things in mind.”
Taiwan’s main military supplier, the United States, has reaffirmed its “rock-solid” commitment to Taiwan and has also criticized China. Beijing blamed Washington’s policies of sending warships through the Taiwan Strait to support arms sales to Taiwan and heighten tensions.
Taiwan’s special military spending over the next five years will go mostly toward naval weapons, including anti-ship weapons such as land-based missile systems.
Taiwan reported that a Chinese Air Force plane entered its air defense area on Tuesday.
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