The above image is used for representational purposes only. The image, from the US Pacific Fleet, shows the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) steaming through international waters

Chinese warplanes, including the J-10, J-16, and Su-30, have flown across the Taiwan Strait’s median. This occurred on December 25th and on December 26th. Beijing has also sent seven warships in addition to the fighter jets.

According to sources, it was a show of force by Beijing in response to recent legislation in Washington. According to sources, Washington has recently approved its defence spending for 2023, which was described by China as a challenge.

In addition to $2 billion in defence spending over the next five years, Washington also intends to collaborate with Taiwan on military planning, training, and exercises. According to defense sources, Taiwan is expecting $19 billion in arms shipments from the US. This includes harpoon anti-ship missiles, Javelin and Stinger anti-tank missile systems, and the M109A6 self-propelled howitzers..

China had also dispatched 71 warplanes to Taiwan.

In a statement Shi Yi, a spokesman for the PLA’s Eastern Theater Command, stated that China’s manoeuvres were in response to increased provocation from the United States and Taiwan. He went on to add, the deployed warplanes and ships were conducting a strike exercise in the waters surrounding Taiwan.

Earlier on September 22, Chinese President and Central Military Commission Chairman Xi Jinping stated that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) should concentrate on preparing for actual military operations.

The first serious signs of rising tensions between China and Taiwan appeared in August, when Beijing proposed annexing Taiwan.

“Beijing will work with the utmost sincerity and make maximum efforts to achieve peaceful reunification, but we will not abandon the use of force and reserve the option to take any necessary measures,” reads a statement from the Chinese Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office.