The security situation for Taiwan is increasing as the PRC maintains that Taiwan is a part of China. Up until recently, PRC military has had nothing to offer its claim. But now some new things have developed.
I'm going to include the Senkaku islands here because the control of those islands and its surrounding space, both sea and air, will have major implications to the security of Taiwan from a geographical point of view. Likewise, the control of Taiwan has huge implications to the Japanese islands near it.
It has become fairly common for PLAAF aircraft to circle around Taiwan. Just today, such a flight occurred that included 4 H-6 bombers, a TU-154, a Y-8, and supposedly 2 fighter aircraft according to the following Japanese Joint Staff report.
A picture of one of the four H-6 bombers. A picture of the TU-154 and the Y-8 are also in the report.
A couple of images came up today of Taiwanese fighter aircraft flying near a Chinese H-6 and TU-154. The H-6 appears to have the same number as the one in the above picture, so quite likely the same H-6 was observed by both Taiwanese and Japanese fighters that were scrambled.
Furthermore Chinese media is reporting that SU-35s escorted the H-6 bombers for the first time, through the Bashi channel. Because it is said that they went through the Bashi Channel, these SU-35s are likely not the supposed fighters in the Japanese report since the Bashi Channel is the waterway that runs between Taiwan and the Philippines.
Seems like images of the SU-35s doing the escort with the H-6 bombers taken off of some PRC TV program.
Many of the flights through the Miyako strait like the one above involve PLAAF aircraft circling around Taiwan. The number of times PLAAF fly through the Miyako straight have seen a fairly sharp increase in the past few years, 36 times in FY 2017. And obviously, the flights encircle the area that includes the Senkaku islands and other Japanese islands as well.
Edited by JasonJ, 11 May 2018 - 0824 AM.