Chinese military aircraft nears Taiwan again, 18th time in a month

10/16/2020 10:49 AM
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Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense
Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, Oct. 16 (CNA) A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Thursday night, the 18th such incursion since mid-September, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

"A PLA Y-8 ASW aircraft entered #Taiwan's southwest ADIZ on the night of Oct. 15," the MND tweeted Friday morning. It said the Air Force deployed patrolling aircraft and air defense missile systems to monitor the activity.

"We keep #protectourcountry regardless of day or night," the ministry underlined.

According to MND records, the incident marked the 18th incursion by Chinese military assets into Taiwan's ADIZ since Sept. 16, a day before the ministry began regularly publishing Chinese military movements on its website.

In October alone, a Y-8 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China entered Taiwan's ADIZ on the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 11th and 15th, according to MND data.

On Oct. 7, it was a PLA KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft that entered Taiwan's southwest ADIZ, and a Y-8 and Y-9 aircraft made such incursions on Oct. 9, the data showed.

China, which considers Taiwan part of its territory, has increased the frequency of its military activities around the island in recent months amid tensions between the United States and China and closer ties between the U.S. and Taiwan.

(By Matt Yu and Elizabeth Hsu)

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