Two squads of over a dozen Chinese warplanes flew into Taiwanese airspace over the weekend, in an act of aggression that some are calling the first foreign policy test of the new Biden Administration, as reported by CNN.
The Chinese military sent the first formation, consisting of 13 aircraft, into the southwestern portion of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday. On Sunday, a second formation of 15 planes did the same thing, prompting the Taiwanese military to scramble their own fighter jets in order to “monitor” the Chinese aircraft, according to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry.
The Chinese aircraft used in the latest incursions consisted mostly of fighter jets and bombers, which made these incidents more inflammatory than most of China’s previous aerial exercises near Taiwan in the past.
In a statement, the Biden Administration “urge[d] Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives.”
Although the Biden Administration has pledged to take a strong chance on China, many believe that Joe Biden does not have as much motivation to stand up to the communist nation as President Donald Trump did, due to Biden and his family having multiple shady business connections to various Chinese entities. As such, the latest moves by China could be seen as an indication of a nation that has been emboldened by the change of leadership in the United States.