Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense stated on Monday (December 26) that in the past 24 hours, it detected 47 military aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army that crossed the central line of the strait and “harassed the southwest airspace.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense stated in a press release that from 6:00 am on the 25th to 6:00 am on the 26th, 71 Chinese Communist aircraft sorties and 7 Chinese Communist ships were detected and that the national military used mission aircraft, mission ships, and shore-based The missile system is “closely monitored and dealt with.”
Taiwan’s Central News Agency pointed out that if calculated by the number of detected PLA military aircraft, the number of Taiwan’s interference platforms in the past 24 hours has reached a new high, which is also the most this year.
President Tsai Ing-wen will hold a high-level national security meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss strengthening Taiwan’s national defense system, followed by a news conference on the compulsory service system, Taiwan’s presidential office said.
Taiwan’s presidential office did not provide further details, but Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said it was considering extending the mandatory military service period from four months to longer as the Russo-Ukrainian war broke out and tensions in the Taiwan Strait rose.
“The more prepared we are, the fewer chances of aggressive aggressors, and the more united we are, the stronger Taiwan will be and the more Safety.
The Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army announced on the 25th that it would organize “joint combat readiness and police patrols and joint fire strike drills of all services and arms” in the sea and airspace around Taiwan. Senior Colonel Shi Yi, the spokesman for the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army, said that the move is a “resolute response to the escalation and provocation of the United States and Taiwan” and will take measures to “resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense issued a press release on the evening of the 25th, emphasizing that the goal of the Communist Army’s “military intimidation” was to deter the public’s psychology.
Before this, U.S. President Biden signed the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on the 23rd, authorizing the provision of US$10 billion in military aid to Taiwan in the next five years, providing Taiwan with direct military loans of up to US$2 billion, and requesting to speed up the processing of Taiwan’s military purchase requests.
On December 24, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to the “National Defense Authorization Act” passed by the United States and signed by the President of the United States, saying that the bill “exaggerates the threat of China” and “violates the one-China principle.”