PLA warplanes make 8 incursions into Taiwan's ADIZ Monday

11/02/2020 08:38 PM
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A Y-8 anti-submarine plane (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense)
A Y-8 anti-submarine plane (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense)

Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) Aircraft from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Monday on eight separate occasions, the 32nd day such incursions have occurred since mid-September, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

The ministry said the Chinese aircraft involved were one Y-8 anti-submarine plane, one Y-8 tactical reconnaissance aircraft, two Su-30 jets, two J-16 fighters and two J-10 jets.

Taiwan's Air Force responded by scrambling planes to monitor the Chinese aircraft, issuing radio warnings and mobilizing air defense assets before they left the nation's ADIZ, the ministry said.

According to MND records, this marked the ninth consecutive day of incursions and the 32nd day on which such incursions have taken place since Sept. 16, a day before the ministry began regularly publishing Chinese military movements on its website.

An ADIZ is established by a country to allow identification, location and control of approaching foreign aircraft. However, unlike territorial airspace, no legal foundation for the ADIZ is explicitly stipulated in international law.

(By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh)

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