PLA warplane enters Taiwan's ADIZ for fourth consecutive day

12/01/2020 07:56 PM
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An Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense
An Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) An Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Tuesday morning, marking the fourth straight day of such incursions, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

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

According to MND records, Tuesday was the 51st day such incursions had occurred since Sept. 16.

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.

Since Sept. 17, the MND has been publishing information on its website about the movement of Chinese military assets near Taiwan.

(By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh)

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