Chinese military plane enters Taiwan's ADIZ for 7th straight day

01/17/2021 09:04 PM
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Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense
Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday, the seventh consecutive day there has been such an incursion, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).

The aircraft, an electronic warfare version of China's Y-8 transport plane, entered the airspace southwest of Taiwan between Taiwan and the Dongsha (Pratas) Islands in the South China Sea, according to a chart provided by the MND.

In response to the incursion, Taiwan's Air Force scrambled planes to monitor the Chinese aircraft, issued radio warnings and mobilized air defense assets until the Chinese aircraft left the ADIZ, the MND said.

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.

The MND established a section on its website in mid-September 2020 to make public the movements of Chinese military planes near Taiwan.

China's People's Liberation Army has deployed military aircraft in Taiwan's ADIZ every day in January except for Jan. 1, Jan. 8 and Jan. 10, according to MND records.

Aircraft used by Chinese military for such maneuvers were all spy planes or signal jamming planes, MND records showed.

On Jan. 4, four Chinese military planes flew into Taiwan's ADIZ, the most of any day this month, according to MND records.

(By Emerson Lim)

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