Three Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan's ADIZ

01/18/2021 09:26 PM
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Photo courtesy of the MND
Photo courtesy of the MND

Taipei, Jan. 18 (CNA) Three Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, the eighth consecutive day there have been incursions, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).

The aircraft, a Y-8 tactical reconnaissance plane, a Y-8 anti-submarine plane and a Y-8 electronic warfare plane, entered airspace southwest of Taiwan, between Taiwan and the Dongsha (Pratas) Islands in the South China Sea, according to a chart provided by the MND.

The Air Force responded to those incursions by scrambling fighter jets to monitor the Chinese aircraft, issuing radio warnings and mobilizing air defense assets until they left the zone, 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.

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

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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