Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has detected seven Chinese military aircraft along with four naval vessels around Taiwan between local time 6 am on Tuesday and local time 6 am on Wednesday. Following Chinese action, Taiwan sent out its aircraft and naval vessels. It deployed its air defense missile systems to closely watch the People’s Liberation Army (abbreviated the PLA) activity, per Taiwan’s MND.
Per the Taiwanese MND, no PLA aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait’s median line or entered Taiwan’s southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) during that time.
Until now, in January, Taiwan has been able to detect 298 military aircraft of China and 136 naval vessels. Since 2020 (September), China has reportedly intensified the use of its gray zone tactics by increasing military aircraft as well as maritime vessels incrementally to operate around Taiwan, per the report.
Taiwan News mentioned that the gray zone strategy is a series of efforts beyond the steady-state deterrence coupled with the assurance that trials achieve security objectives without resorting to sizable and direct use of forces.
In the meantime, on Wednesday, Taiwan’s Marine Corps did a maritime drill at the Zuoying Naval Base in Kaohsiung that featured a mine-laying vessel as well as a domestically built assault boat that executed naval surveillance as well as combat operations for simulating defending against a Chinese invasion, per a Focus Taiwan report that cited the Central News Agency (abbreviated the CNA).
According to the CNA report, the maneuvers in the waters around Zuoying Harbor had been designed to examine the Marine Corps’ ability to recognize China’s military movements faster and their combat preparedness.
During this exercise, Taiwan’s Navy took an emergency departure from the harbor with a minelayer and M109 assault boat and executed several actions. This included surveillance and using drones and radar systems to warn battleship forces of approaching hostile forces, per the report.
Reference: TOI, The Print
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