Analyzing the Political Implications of China’s Record Breaking Incursions into Taiwan

Beijing recently banned Taiwanese imports. This has further complicated already fragile relationships with China as well as Taiwan. As a sign of its strength, China has sent 21 air-defense identification zones (ADIZs) for Taiwan over the past month. These brutal tactics are expected to be wide-reaching and could be seen across both ends of Taiwan Strait. The restriction on Taiwanese imports can result in a devastating economic hit for Taiwanese companies, which could be impacted by falling consumption.

1. What kinds of imports did Beijing recently ban from Taiwan?

As per recent reports, Taiwan has witnessed a major rise in Chinese planes that bomb aircrafts. Beijing is seen as aggressive during this incursion, which is indicative of the increasing tensions between the two countries. Beijing responded to this incursion by banning imports from Taiwan. The decision has drawn the ire of the international community. The decision has been perceived as a method of Beijing attempt to raise economic pressure on Taiwan in the hopes of increasing its influence in the political arena. The exact imports that have been banned remain unclear although it is believed that certain industrial and agricultural products have been targeted by the ban.

2. What is an air defense recognition zone (ADIZ)?

An Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is an area of airspace extending beyond the territorial limits of a nation in which the determination of the location, identification and monitoring of aircrafts are carried out in the interests in the national security. It protects space from possible military threats and is set up by a nation to monitor and manage aircraft coming into and exiting its airspace. The ADIZ located in Taiwan allows the country to identify any Chinese planes that are entering their airspace and to take necessary actions to defend the airspace. It consists of airspace surrounding any country, and generally extends beyond its boundaries, and also communications equipment, ground-based sensors along with other tools utilized to identify and control aircraft.

3. How many bombers did China use to bomb Taiwan’s ADIZ over the course of the month?

The report of Chinese bomber aircraft incursion into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the month of March has received a great deal of attention across the world. The unprecedented quantity of Chinese bombers that were sent to ADIZ was the cause of this interest. Specifically, it was the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) sent a total of 3 bombers to Taiwan’s ADIZ, a sharp increase over the normal of one or two bombers sent previously. The dramatic increase in the quantity of bombers dispatched by China has raised serious questions about the security situation in Taiwan and led many to call for further measures to guarantee stability for the region.

4. What does the Chinese Communist Party view Taiwan’s position?

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has held a consistent stance regarding the legal status of Taiwan since its inception in 1949. It regards Taiwan along with its islands associated with it as being part to the People’s Republic of China, and all attempts to break away from Chinese rule as unconstitutional as well as unlegitimate. The Chinese Constitution enshrines this position. It is also an integral part of the CCP’s ideology that is based on the notion of one Chinese nation. Therefore, the CCP does not believe in any reports of historical Chinese aircraft bombers flying across Taiwan. It considers that such actions are a violation against Chinese sovereignty as well as the threat to regional stability.

A Short Summary

This latest provocation shows that China is determined to pressure Taiwan to accept its demands, regardless of acceptance from the international community , and Taiwan’s continued pledge to end war. This is worrying for both the outcomes of the war between the two parties as pressure tactics such as that could result in further escalations. It is crucial for all involved parties to be calm and discuss any disagreements peacefully, instead of resorting to using military aggression and provocative actions.

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