24 Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ

09/23/2021 09:31 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) A total of 24 Chinese military aircraft, including fighter jets, flew into Taiwan's southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in two separate sorties on Thursday, according to the Ministry of National Defense.

The first sortie comprised of 19 aircraft, involving 12 J-16 multi-role fighters, two Y-8 anti-submarine warfare planes, two H-6 bombers, one Y-8 electronic warfare plane, and two J-11 fighter jets, according to a report released by the defense ministry.

All of the aircraft were spotted southwest of Taiwan, near its Dongsha Islands, a chart in the ministry's report showed.

Another sortie comprising of five aircraft occurred in the evening, and it involved two J-16 multi-role fighters, one KJ-500 early-warning plane, and two J-11 fighter jets, the ministry said.

That airspace is considered part of Taiwan's ADIZ, an area declared by a country to allow it to identify, locate and control approaching foreign aircraft, but such zones are not considered territorial airspace.

The Taiwan Air Force responded by scrambling planes to monitor the Chinese aircraft, issuing radio warnings, and mobilizing air defense assets, the ministry said.

China is trying to flex its muscles in the South China Sea and send a warning to the United States to desist from its naval activities in the area, according to Shu Hsiao-huang (舒孝煌), an analyst at Taiwan's Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR).

Shu said the intrusion into Taiwan's ADIZ has become a "new normal," as the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) continues to expand its training and exercise routines beyond China's coastal areas into the open seas.

Lin Ying-yu (林穎佑), an assistant professor at National Sun Yat-sen University, said the PLA maneuvers may have been a response to Taiwan's annual Han Kuang exercises last week, which featured emergency takeoff and landing drills by military aircraft.

(By Matt Yu and Ko Lin)

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