US Military Aircraft Flew Directly Over Taiwan (Aka China)

Under the One China policy even the US concurs that's China

Editor’s note: It’s one thing for the US to fly over the Taiwanese Strait which is provocative but not technically illegal as it’s international airspace. But for the US to fly over Taiwan is a violation of its own One China policy. Under it, the US affirms there is only one Chinese state (Taiwan/RoC does not have US recognition) and that Beijing is its lawful government. So once again you have the Empire talking out of both ends of its mouth.

The US flew a spy plane directly over Taiwan earlier this week amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing. The US Air Force confirmed the flight with The War Zone on Wednesday and said a RC-135W Rivet Joint surveillance plane made the provocative maneuver.

Flight tracking software indicates the RC-135W flew over the northern part of the island and may have flown directly over the capital Taipei. Flight trackers noted the same RC-135W flew over waters to the south of Taiwan and near China’s southern coast along with a US Navy EP-3E Aries II spy plane on October 19th.

News of the flight comes as the US is pushing through more weapons sales to Taiwan. Since Washington severed diplomatic ties with Taipei in 1979 and recognized Beijing, the US has provided Taiwan with military equipment to discourage China from invading the island.

The region has seen a significant uptick in US military flights this year due to Washington’s new focus on China and the Indo-Pacific. But direct flights over Taiwan remain relatively rare. The last one was recorded in August when a Navy EP-3E flew a similar route as the RC-135W. In June, a Navy C-40 passenger aircraft also flew over the island.

A Beijing-based think tank that monitors flights in the region recorded a sharp rise in US flights near China’s coast earlier this year. The South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI) recorded 67 flights of US reconnaissance aircraft in the South China Sea in July, compared with 49 in June and just 35 in May. In September, the SCSPI recorded 60 US flights in the region.


  1. Carmen V says

    Come on! THis is a satire/spoof!

    Taiwan and the U.S. A R E ALLIES! So, of course, the U.S. can fly over the island. ……It is NOT the Mainland.

    In fact, if the U.S. DARED to fly over the Mainland, they would be escorted out. out OUT, or be forced to land by the Red Chinese air force, somewhere in the Mainland. And THAT would cause an adverse diplomatic scuffle!

    1. PJ London says

      What part of the “One China Policy” do you not understand??

    2. cap960 says

      Taiwan is China. Not Taiwan is US. Get your fact straight.

  2. Bob says

    Taiwan is not China.

    1. PJ London says

      What part of the “One China Policy” do you not understand?

      1. Bob says

        Policy is not binding. Treaty is.

        1. cap960 says

          Taiwan has never been recognized as a country. Only dreamers and Yanks think it is.

  3. cap960 says

    Next week Yanks will fly over Crimea. Just to piss Russia off.

    1. Carmen V says

      Crimea I S Russia. Taiwan is a sovereign country, it is NOT the Red Chinese Mainland.

      And NO, the U.S. would not DARE fly over Crimea. Russia is JUST a powerful as the U.S. , if not more.

      1. cap960 says

        Taiwan has never been recognized as a sovereign country…dreams are not reality.

  4. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

    The author must be pretty young to think that America has a new focus on China.

  5. Raptar Driver says

    Why not do that and more?
    China is our bitch and will never respond in any meaningful way.

  6. James Willy says

    So like always China does NOTHING again just like all the times before. Why was the septictanks not shot down when over the island. Xi needs replacement. They need to get a man into office there that will stand up and fight back. WTF is the matter with Xi Jinping? What a useless turd he is. Perfect chance to legally shoot down a seppo. And he lets it pass by. What a F’ing IDIOT.

    1. PJ London says

      Whilst US studies Tic-Tac-Toe and tries to understand the game, China has 5,000 years of strategic thought.

      “All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. ”
      Sun Tzu, the Art of War

      500 years b.C. the Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu formulated the principle of subversion this way :
      1. Cover with ridicule all of the valid traditions in your opponent’s country.
      2. Implicate their leaders in criminal affairs and turn them over to the scorn of their populace at the right time.
      3. Disrupt the work of their government by every means.
      4. Do not shun the aid of the lowest and most despicable individuals of your enemy’s country.
      5. Spread disunity and dispute among the citizens.
      6. Turn the young against the old.
      7. Be generous with promises and rewards to collaborators and accomplices.
      Sun Tzu, the Art of War

      1. James Willy says

        So what good is all that that today? China needs to fight back and cost these yankees as much as possible. Hopefully XI is deposed and replaced with a man that will fight back for every new provocation.

        1. PJ London says

          The trouble with the west and especially USA is that they think in terms of months and years. China is happy (at every level) to think in terms of decades and generations.
          Their children and grandchildren will reap the benefits of world dominance and the current generation is willing to make the sacrifices necessary to bring that about.

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