15 Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ

01/24/2021 09:05 PM
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A J-10 fighter jet. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense
A J-10 fighter jet. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) China sent 15 military airplanes of five types into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday but they did not cross the median line that divides the Taiwan Strait, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said.

Two Chinese Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, two Su-30, four J-16 and six J-10 fighter jets, as well as one Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft flew into the southwest part of the ADIZ, the highest number observed in a single day this year, according to the MND.

In response, the military scrambled fighter jets, broadcast radio warnings and deployed air defense missile systems to track the 15 planes.

The intrusion came as United States Indo-Pacific Command issued a statement Sunday that the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) entered the South China Sea the previous day to conduct routine operations.

"The TRCSG is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet to ensure freedom of the seas, build partnerships that foster maritime security, and conduct a wide range of operations," according to the statement.

The intrusion also marks the 20th day in January alone that China's military has sent aircraft into the nation's ADIZ as Beijing continues to intensify its military pressure on Taiwan.

An ADIZ is established by a country to allow the 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 MND on Sept. 17, 2020 began to publish their movements regularly on its website to keep the public better informed as to the situation.

(By Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao)

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