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What does the J-20 have that China brings to threaten both India and Taiwan?


From the Taiwan Strait to the Indian border; From the East China Sea to the South China Sea, China often uses the J-20 stealth fighter as a “intimidation” tactic. But does the J-20 really make the enemies “fear”?

China has deployed its most advanced J-20 stealth fighter jet along the Taiwan Strait, in the latest move to threaten the island. According to the information, the J-20s, also deployed near the Ladakh region near India, during the border tension with India last year.

The fifth-generation fighter J-20, China’s first and only stealth fighter, has entered combat service today. After its first test flight in 2011, the J-20 joined the PLA Air Force in 2017.

According to the South China Morning Post, Beijing has deployed at least four combat air brigades, including 150 J-20 C fighters (advanced versions of the J-20) to the units, including two training bases in Inner Mongolia and Hebei and two aviation brigades in the eastern and northern theatre commands to monitor the Taiwan strait.

chinese j-20
PLAAF J-20 fighter

China is also planning to widely deploy the J-20 stealth fighter to areas that China considers sensitive such as the Korean border area, the Taiwan Strait, the East China Sea, and the South China Sea. East and Indian border. But the main focus is on the Taiwan Strait and the Indian border.

Tensions between China and Taiwan have increased continuously in recent years, when China believes that Taiwan is intending to become independent. In particular, the Taiwan Strait area is the center of tension.

The last major crisis in the Taiwan Strait, occurred in 1995-1996, when the Chinese military exercised, fired a series of missiles into the narrow waters, to remind Taiwan of the “One China” policy of their country”.

In addition to the show of military power, the constant incursions into the airspace of Taiwan, by fighter planes and bombers; along with the deployment of stealth fighter J-20; this is a signal, to displeasure with the growing US support for this island.

In the recent G7 Summit communiqué, a unified stance on China was expressed; including Hong Kong and Xinjiang issues; He also called for peace in the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea, as well as reducing border tensions with India.

China is clearly annoyed by the growing “harmony” between the US and Taiwan, especially the fact that the US has sold Taiwan many modern weapons despite China’s objections. Along with that is the US Navy patrol in the Taiwan Strait and surrounding areas.

In recent times, the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers and the destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur, which conducted routine patrols through the Taiwan Strait. This action then China called the US “the biggest risk maker”.

China’s most frequent action today is to use J-11, J-16 fighter jets, H-6K bombers, reconnaissance aircraft to violate the no-fly zone set by Taiwan. For Chinese aircraft entering the airspace, Taiwan has to sort out fighter jets to prevent; however, if this is prolonged, it will consume the operating hours of Taiwan’s fighter aircraft. So recently, Taiwan has deployed radar and anti-aircraft missiles to track and monitor Chinese aircraft.

Radar deployed by Taiwan
Radar deployed by Taiwan

To deal with China’s J-20 stealth fighter, Taiwan has deployed a passive radar, specializing in capturing stealthy targets. According to the Zhongshan National Institute of Science and Technology, Taiwan, these radar complexes, which have advantage of the ability to detect stealthy targets, help Taiwan improve the early warning capacity of the defense system.

As for India, during last year’s border tension event between the two countries, there was some information that China deployed J-20 aircraft, at Hotan airbase, in Xinjiang province; located about 200 km from the disputed border with India.

China downplays J-20 stealth fighter being sighted near India border - The  Week

The director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), recently confirmed the presence of J-20s, at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between China and India, in September/ 2020. “The PLA Air Force continues to retrofit modern fighters, including the deployment of the J-20 stealth fighter in September on China’s border with India,” said the DIA director.

This development comes after information about India’s deployment of new Rafale fighter jets imported from France, on the Sino-Indian border. Although this is a 4++ generation fighter, it is enough to cope with the J-20.

Indian airforce in leh-ladakh
Indian airforce in leh-ladakh

India’s EurAsian Times reported that the Indian Air Force then deployed Su-30 MKI, MiG-29 and MiG-29K fighters in the border area, along with new Rafale fighters. import; ready to deal with China’s escalating actions.


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