Chinese spy planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ for 11th day in February

02/17/2021 09:23 PM
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Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense
Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) Two Chinese spy planes entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday, the 11th day on which such intrusions have occurred in February.

The two aircraft, both Y-8 tactical reconnaissance planes, flew between Taiwan and the Dongsha Islands -- which are controlled by Taiwan -- in the South China Sea, according to a chart provided by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) that same day.

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

Taiwan considers the area as part of its ADIZ, which was jointly established by Taiwan and the United States in the 1950s.

The purpose of an ADIZ is to allow early identification, location and control of approaching foreign aircraft. However, no legal foundation for the ADIZ is explicitly stipulated in international law.

Since the beginning of the year, Beijing has been sending military planes over the area almost every day, except on Jan. 1, Jan. 8, Jan. 10, Jan. 21 and Feb. 3, Feb. 9-12 and Feb. 14.

Some military analysts in Taiwan believe that such flyovers may be part of a strategy of Beijing to project an impression that the airspace is its own backyard that it can frequent anytime it wishes, until such an impression becomes a "fait accompli."

(By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim)

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