August saw a dramatic spike in Chinese aerial incursions into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). While the 23 million inhabitants of Taiwan live under the constant threat of an invasion from Beijing, which considers the island as part of its territory to be reconquered one day, 446 Chinese military planes have approached the territory, according to a database compiled by AFP from figures from the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense and unveiled by the news agency on Thursday, September 1.
This is a record, she notes. Thus, sn the first eight months of 2022, Beijing made 1,068 incursions into Taiwan’s ADIZ, surpassing the 2021 total (969) and by far the 2020 total (380).
In August, Beijing staged unprecedented military maneuvers to protest the visit to Taipei by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other politicians. The Chinese Communist Party opposes any diplomatic action that might confer legitimacy on Taiwan and has reacted with increasing aggression to visits by Western officials and politicians.
After Nancy Pelosi’s trip in early August, China sent warships, missiles and fighter jets to Taiwan’s waters and skies for a week. These exercises were the largest and most aggressive since the mid-1990s. This escalation of the Chinese threat puts the Taiwanese military under further pressure, outnumbered and in possession of an aging fleet of fighter jets. Thus, last week, Taiwan announced plans to increase its military budget to an unprecedented level to reach 19.2 billion euros.