11 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan air defense identification zone
Eleven Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday, local media reported. In response, the National Defense Ministry dispatched planes, issued radio warnings and deployed air defense missile systems to track the 11 Chinese planes.
Seven Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, a Shaanxi Y-8 EW electronic warfare aircraft and a Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft appeared in the southwestern corner of the ADIZ, where most Chinese planes have been spotted, Taiwan News reported. According to Taiwan News, two Xi’an H-6 strategic bombers continued their journey south of Taiwan before reentering the country’s ADIZ in the southeast.
Wednesday saw the highest number of Chinese military aircraft intrusions in April as tension persists over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. An ADIZ is an area that extends beyond a country’s airspace where air traffic controllers ask incoming aircraft to identify themselves.
Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of nearly 24 million people off the southeast coast of mainland China, despite the two sides having been governed separately for more than seven decades. Taipei, on the other hand, has countered Chinese aggression by strengthening its strategic ties with democracies, including the United States, which Beijing has repeatedly opposed. China has threatened that “Taiwan independence” means war. (ANI)
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