Three Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ

12/04/2020 07:38 PM
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Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense
Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) Three Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that day.

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

The defense ministry said the Chinese planes involved were one Y-8 anti-submarine plane, one Y-8 tactical reconnaissance aircraft and one Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft.

According to MND records, it was the third such incursion this week.

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.

Due to the increasing number of incursions by Chinese military planes in recent months, the ministry began on Sept. 17 to publish their movements regularly on its website to keep the public better informed.

(By Matt Yu and Ko Lin)

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