Chinese military surveillance plane reportedly spotted near Taiwan

08/10/2017 03:06 PM
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Beijing, Aug. 10 (CNA) A Chinese military surveillance aircraft was seen flying over international waters east of Taiwan on Wednesday, according to a post on the website of Japan's Ministry of Defense.

A map on the website showed the flight path of the Y-8 aircraft as over the Western Pacific Ocean, through the Miyako Strait between Japan's Miyako and Okinawa islands, and into the East China Sea east of Taiwan.

According to the post, Japan scrambled a fighter jet in response to the appearance of the military surveillance aircraft.

In recent months, several Chinese military planes, including Xian H-6K bombers, have been spotted on similar routes.

On July 20, Taiwan scrambled fighter jets as a squadron of eight H-6K bombers and Y-8 aircraft flew past its east and west coasts but remained in international waters.

A few days later, on July 25, an H-6k bomber flew close to Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), passing through the Bashi Channel and the Miyako Strait before returning to China airspace, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense.

(By Chiu Kuo-chiang and Evelyn Kao)

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