From: Jacksonville, FL, USA
Taiwan Straits, 2022
Al "Beirutdude" Sandrik
The Time Is: Sunday, 27 February, 2022, 21:00 UTC
Monday, 28 February, 05:00 Taipei Time
Playable as the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) Only
13 Hours Duration
Background: By New Year’s Day, 2022 PRC Party General Secretary Xi Jinping was growing increasingly frustrated with the “Leader of the Taiwan Area,” Tsai Ing-wen and with what he saw as her increasingly separatist policies for the Taiwan Providence. With increasing frequency PLAAF and PLA(N)AF aircraft have been testing the southwestern corner of the “Taiwan Area” Air Defense Intercept Zone (ADIZ) but she still remained defiant and almost confrontational.
In mid-February, it was announced the American Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken, and the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yoshimasa Hayashi, would be visiting Taipei for the annual “Peace Memorial Day” observance. Concerned that a major arms sale, or even alliance, with the PRC’s two main rivals was to be announced that day, the PLAAF and PLA(N)AF, and their escorts, were ordered to initiate the largest test of the Taiwan Area ADIZ to date. Hundreds of aircraft would be launched to test the Taiwanese resolve, including PLA(N)AF H-6G’s circumnavigating the Island from both the north and south.
Other PLAAF units were to be readied in case the situation deteriorated...
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