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Chinese aircraft approach Taiwan airspace as 'warning': MND

2016/12/12 17:00:29

Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) The Chinese military was demonstrating its multi-dimensional capability to invade Taiwan when its aircraft flew deliberately close to Taiwan air space recently, Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said on Monday.

The move was part of China's military intimidation tactics and intended as a warning, Feng told lawmakers during a legislative hearing.

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) disclosed on Dec. 10 that four Chinese military aircraft passed close to Taiwan's air defense identification zone in southern Taiwan that day as part of a long-distance training mission.

It was the second such mission by China since Nov. 25, when six military aircraft circled outside Taiwan's air defense identification zone.

Feng said the MND decided to make the information public in order to alert the public to the threat posed by China.

The latest Chinese mission, which followed the Dec. 2 phone call between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, was a deliberate act, according to the minister.

He said it is likely the Chinese military will conduct such operations more frequently in the future.

In the event of a foreign aircraft inadvertently entering Taiwan's air space, the military issues a warning and dispatches an aircraft to monitor the introducer's movements up close, he said.

(By Wang Cheng-chung and Y.F. Low)
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