PLA Drills Rehearsal for Taiwan Takeover Chinese Experts

 In Land, China, Defense, Air, Forces & Capabilities

Chinese mil­i­tary experts have said that recent “real-combat drills” con­duct­ed by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the Taiwan Straits are a rehearsal for Taiwan annex­a­tion.

Analysts told Global Times on Sunday that “PLA drills this time are not a warn­ing, but a rehearsal for a Taiwan takeover.”

On September 19, twelve J‑16 fight­ers, two J‑10 fight­ers, two J‑11 fight­ers, two H‑6 bombers and one Y‑8 ASW crossed the mid­line of the Taiwan Strait and entered Taiwan’s south­west Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). Around a week ear­li­er, Taiwan defense min­istry claimed Chinese war­planes intrud­ed ADIZ, cre­at­ed by the U.S. after World War II, 40 times in two days.

Responding to China’s drills, Taiwan said it reserves the right to launch a “defen­sive air strike” against the main­land. “Taiwan would not fire the first shot, but it would exer­cise its right to defend itself and would def­i­nite­ly fire back if fired upon,” a mil­i­tary source was quoted as saying by Taipei Times today.

Chinese main­land mil­i­tary ana­lysts point­ed out that the war­plane com­bi­na­tion deployed by the PLA in the exer­cis­es is accu­rate to a real combat sit­u­a­tion and covers many dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios. “J‑10 and J‑11 fight­ers are mainly used in combat against hos­tile air­craft, H‑6 bombers are mainly used to attack war­ships and ground facil­i­ties, J‑16 fight­ers are mul­ti­role and can tackle all aerial, mar­itime and land tar­gets and the Y‑8 anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare air­craft can locate and attack enemy sub­marines,” a main­land mil­i­tary expert said.

According to Taiwan’s defense author­i­ty, PLA air supe­ri­or­i­ty fight­ers, namely the J‑10s and J‑11s, oper­at­ed to the north­west of the island close to Hsinchu and Taichung, where its Mirage 2000 and F‑CK‑1 fight­ers are based.

The sim­u­lat­ed mis­sions by the J‑10s and J‑11s were prob­a­bly aimed at neu­tral­iz­ing any remain­ing Taiwan war­planes there that had made their way into the air after sur­viv­ing poten­tial PLA mis­sile and artillery strikes on Taiwan mil­i­tary air­fields,” ana­lysts remarked.

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