Chinese anti-submarine plane enters Taiwan's ADIZ

11/10/2020 10:15 PM
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A Chinese military Y-8 anti-submarine plane. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense
A Chinese military Y-8 anti-submarine plane. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) A Chinese military Y-8 anti-submarine plane entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday morning, the 37th such maneuver since mid-September, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).

According to an MND statement, the Y-8 entered the airspace between southwest Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Dongsha Islands, also known as the Pratas Islands, in the South China Sea.

In response, Taiwan's military scrambled planes to monitor the Chinese aircraft, issued radio warnings and mobilized air defense systems, the MND said.

Tuesday's incursion marks the 37th time Chinese military planes have entered Taiwan's ADIZ or crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait since Sept. 16, one day before the ministry established a section on its website to detail the movements of Chinese military planes near Taiwan.

Countries set their ADIZs unilaterally to allow for the identification, monitoring and control of approaching foreign aircraft. However, no legal foundation for the system is explicitly stipulated in international law.

Taiwan established its ADIZs in the 1950s, in coordination with the United States.

(By Chen Yun-yu and Matthew Mazzetta)

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