Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said the United States was concerned about the risk of conflict.
Communist China sent more fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defence zone on Wednesday in a stepped up show of force around the island Beijing claims as its own, and Taiwan’s foreign minister said it would fight to the end if China attacks.
In response, the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain conducted a “routine” transit of the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the U.S. Navy said, as China sent more fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defence zone and a Chinese carrier group drilled near Taiwan.
The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows, the U.S. Navy said in a statement.
Taiwan informed about the Beijing's intimidation, with China’s air force making almost daily forays in Taiwan’s air defence identification zone. On Monday, China said an aircraft carrier group was exercising close to the island.
Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said 15 Chinese aircraft including 12 fighters entered its air defence identification zone, with an anti-submarine aircraft flying to the south through the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines.
Taiwan will fight until the end
Taiwan’s air force sent up aircraft to intercept and warn the Chinese away, the ministry added.
Speaking earlier in the day, Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said the United States was concerned about the risk of conflict.
From my limited understanding of American decision makers watching developments in this region, they clearly see the danger of the possibility of China launching an attack against Taiwan, he told reporters at his ministry.
We are willing to defend ourselves without any questions and we will fight the war if we need to fight the war. And if we need to defend ourselves to the very last day we will defend ourselves to the very last day.
Preparations to defend the Indo-Pacific region were launched
The Owner has learned the tensions in the Indo-Pacific have become so intense that some military analysts started to consider the possibility of an open-scale conflict in coming months. Beijing may take a full risk to conduct massive operations even if it would need to destroy completely Taiwan, some stated.
There have been emergency preparation launched among few Quad nations to mitigate risks if China conducts a full operation against Taiwan. But even general information on this issue is secret.
Such a decision indicates that the threat is very serious not only for Taiwan but for other countries in the region told The Owner a retired high-ranking Pentagon official under the condition of anonymity.
Governments of the region might have encouraged local media to not inform about the developments, he added.