Five Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan's ADIZ

04/30/2021 09:53 PM
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A KJ-500 airborne early warning and control plane. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense
A KJ-500 airborne early warning and control plane. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, April 30 (CNA) Five Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday, including two multi-role strike fighters, according to Ministry of National Defense (MND) data.

The aircraft involved in the sorties were two J-16 multi-role fighters, one Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft, one Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, and one KJ-500 airborne early warning and control plane, the MND said.

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

All of the aircraft limited themselves to airspace in the southwest quadrant of Taiwan's ADIZ, except for the Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, which flew as far as the other side of Taiwan, an MND chart showed.

An ADIZ is declared by a country to allow it to identify, locate and control approaching foreign aircraft.

Such sorties by Chinese military have become almost a daily routine as shown by MND's records.

In the month of April, China's military aircraft entered Taiwan's ADIZ 22 out of 30 days, MND records showed.

Analysts in Taiwan have speculated that those sorties could be part of the Chinese military's training to familiarize themselves with the environment around Taiwan, in preparation for any eventualities in the future.

Tensions across the Taiwan Strait have grown recently due to the increasingly aggressive behavior of China in reaction to closer ties between the United States and Taiwan.

(By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim)

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