Nine PLA planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ

04/20/2021 10:50 PM
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A PLA Y-8 tactical reconnaissance aircraft. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense
A PLA Y-8 tactical reconnaissance aircraft. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Nine aircraft of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, the sixth consecutive day similar incursions have taken place, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that day.

The aircraft involved in the sorties were five J-16 multi-role fighters, one Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft, one Y-8 tactical reconnaissance aircraft and two Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, according to the MND.

All of the aircraft were spotted in airspace southwest of Taiwan, between Taiwan and the Taiwanese-held Dongsha Islands, an MND chart showed.

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

An ADIZ is declared by a country to allow it to identify, locate and control approaching foreign aircraft, although such zones are not recognized under international law.

Such incursions have happened every day so far in April except for the first two days of the month and April 14, according to MND data.

On April 12, as many as 25 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's ADIZ, coinciding with a warning from U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Beijing over its "increasingly aggressive actions" directed against Taiwan.

Military analysts in Taiwan have speculated that the PLA could have been simulating an attack on the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, which was in the vicinity at that time.

(By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim)

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