OK, so Tuesday a Russian strategic bomber entered Taiwanese airspace, Taiwan air control made radio contact, the Russian plane left the airspace immediately heading for Okinawa to bother the Japanese instead and I think it's just fine. Now the opposition makes a fuzz about it, but I think, hey, why not handle an incident like this. Don't get Taiwanese fighters up first, don't let people who stumble over their own two feet everyday (keyword: slippers) and drive their Toyotas like it's Armageddon face a foreign aircraft with armed weapons. I guess two Taiwanese fighters confronting a Russian bomber would have ended with the two Taiwanese crashing, firing their ammunition on a fishing vessel and then both would have been rescued by the Japanese, while the drunk Russian pilot is burping on the radio. Was much more elegant to solve it with a bit of radio contact, don't you think?
Sorry, just made my way through Taiwanese morning traffic. They shouldn't try what they did to me with a Russian aircraft.
OK, Ludigel's Formosa blog now has retrieved the top secret radio protocol. Here it is:
Taiwan: Mayday, mayday, ni shi shei?
Russian bomber: Whjat the fjuck? Whjo are you?
Taiwan: Hi hi hi hi, GaoFang come here, this is so funny...
Russia: Whjo are you mjaniacs?
Taiwan: hi hi hi hi waiguoren*, hi hi hi waiguoren, ta ting budong
Russia: Njow speak prjoperly or I get my weapons online!
Taiwan: Zende, zende, waiguoren! Hello! Hello! Where are you from?
Taiwan (speaker 1): Meiguoren?
Taiwan (speaker 2): ...Can you teach my kids English?
Strangely, the radio transmission was suddendly cut off at this point and the Russian craft made a quick retreat at this point. Its blip looked damned scared as hell on the radar screen we were told.