China’s People’s Liberation Army has implemented “grey zone” warfare tactics against Taiwan that includes constant fly-overs of Taiwanese territory and intrusion into the nation’s maritime area in an effort to subdue Taipei through exhaustion. Every time Beijing launches a fly-over or intrudes into Taiwan’s maritime territory Taipei must respond by launching its military jets or naval vessels. Taiwanese Admiral Lee Hsi-ming denounced Beijing’s tactics as “super effective”.
He explained the situation with a metaphor, he said: “You say it’s your garden, but it turns out that it is your neighbour who’s hanging out in the garden all the time.
“With that action, they are making a statement that it’s their garden.
“That garden is one step away from your house.”
PLA aircraft have been flying towards Taiwan’s airspace almost daily.
Bejing has even been making multiple aggressive moves on the same day.
Warplanes from China have made more than 100 journeys towards Taiwan since mid-September.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense data showed that the moves coincided with periods when political tension across the Taiwan Strait was at its height.
China has sent its most potent fighters and bombers on these missions.
The risk of open warfare between China and Taiwan has now escalated to its highest level in decades.
President Xi Jinping has said that Taiwan is a province of China.
He said that Taiwan “must be, will be” unified with China.
He has yet to set a deadline for this task and has not ruled out the use of force.