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China's military aircraft spotted again near Taiwan: MND

2017/12/20 23:04:50

File photo/photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, Dec. 20 (CNA) Several Chinese military aircraft were seen flying near Taiwan again on Wednesday, passing through the Bashi Channel to the south then going north before flying over the Miyako Strait that lies between two Japanese islands, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said.

The military aircraft returned to their bases in China on the same route after apparently conducting training missions in the western Pacific, the ministry said in a press release.

One of the planes was a TU-154 electronic surveillance aircraft, while the others included an Su-30 fighter, IL-78 aerial refueling plane and a Xian H-6 bomber, the ministry said.

In addition, the ministry said, a Shaanxi Y-8 transport aircraft flew over the Bashi Channel into the western Pacific and returned to its base in China via the Miyako Strait.

It seems to have become a regular occurrence for Chinese military aircraft and vessels to pass through the Bashi Channel and the Miyako Strait on their way to long-distance training missions in the western Pacific, the ministry said.

Therefore, it said, it will no longer issue public statements on such movements unless something unusual occurs.

The MND reiterated that Taiwan's armed forces are capable of safeguarding the national territories and it urged the public not to panic over reports of Chinese military aircraft and ships passing near Taiwan.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Romulo Huang)