China Ramps Up Fighter Jet Flyovers Near Taiwan After McCarthy’s Visit

Beijing issues sanctions, travel ban for those associated with visit

A J-20 stealth fighter jet of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force performs during the 13th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, also known as Airshow China 2021, on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Zhuhai in southern China's Guangdong province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
  • On Saturday, the Taiwanese government reported that China had dispatched warships and dozens of fighter jets toward Taiwan as a response to a meeting between U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan.
  • The Chinese military commenced three-day “combat readiness patrols” aimed at warning Taiwan against seeking permanent independence. 
  • The People’s Liberation Army did not indicate whether these patrols would involve missile exercises, which had previously disrupted shipping and airline flights. 
  • In response to Speaker McCarthy’s meeting with President Tsai, Beijing imposed a travel ban and financial sanctions against American individuals and groups associated with the visit.