Chinese military Y-8 transporter expelled from Taiwan's ADIZ

05/08/2020 08:57 PM
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Taipei, May 8 (CNA) A Chinese military Y-8 transport aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) while flying over waters southwest of the country Friday, shortly before being chased away by Taiwanese fighter jets, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said.

The ministry said in a statement that the brief intrusion occurred at around noon. The transporter was soon driven out of the ADIZ by radio warnings issued by the fighters, it said.

According to the MND, it is the seventh time this year that Chinese military aircraft have been spotted flying near Taiwan. They were spotted on Jan. 23, Feb. 9, Feb. 10, Feb. 28, March 16 and April 10.

The aircraft included KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft, H-6 bombers and J-11 fighter jets, according to MND data.

The ministry reiterated that air activity over the waters surrounding Taiwan are closely monitored by the military.

"At present, there is no cause for alarm," it said.

(By Chen Chun-yu and Elizabeth Hsu)

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