Chinese military aircraft again fly near eastern Taiwan

08/12/2017 06:23 PM
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A Xian H-6K bomber. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)
A Xian H-6K bomber. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) Several Chinese military aircraft flew east of Taiwan Saturday morning as part of its long-distance training program, the latest in a series of Chinese military activities close to Taiwan, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense.

In a statement, the ministry said that a group of Xian H-6K bombers and Y-8 aircraft from the People's Liberation Army of China first flew near southern Taiwan through the Bashi Channel, but remained outside of Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

They then flew northward on a route near eastern Taiwan, and later over the Miyako Strait before returning to their base in China, the ministry added.

Another group of Chinese early warning aircraft and Sukhoi Su-30 jet fighters were also seen near southern Taiwan to escort the Chinese planes, it said.

The ministry stressed that it "closely monitored the maneuvers by Chinese military planes," with response measures in place to safeguard the country.

It was the second time in August that Chinese military planes were seen near Taiwan after several similar incidents occurred last month.

On three different days from mid to late July, several Xian H-6K bombers from the Chinese Air Force flew over the Miyako Strait, passing east of Taiwan.

During that time, Taiwan's defense ministry released photographs showing two Chinese H-6K bombers, one of which was being tailed by a Taiwanese IDF jet fighter in Taiwan's ADIZ.

The Miyako Strait, which lies between the Japanese islands of Miyako and Okinawa, is part of Japan's exclusive economic zone but includes a narrow band of international waters and airspace.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Elaine Hou)


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