29 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan's ADIZ

06/21/2022 10:37 PM
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An H-6 strategic bomber. Photo courtesy of Ministry of National Defense
An H-6 strategic bomber. Photo courtesy of Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) A total of 29 Chinese military aircraft flew into the southwestern part of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, the third-highest single-day total this year, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

The aircraft included one Y-9 communications anti-jamming aircraft, one Y-8 electronic signals intelligence aircraft, six H-6 strategic bombers, one Y-20 aerial refuelling aircraft, two KJ-500 airborne early warning and control planes, one Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane, eight Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, four Sukhoi SU-30 fighter jets and five Shenyang J-11 fighter jets.

In response, Taiwan scrambled a combat air patrol, sent radio warnings, and deployed defense missile systems to track the Chinese military planes, the MND said.

Taiwan's defense ministry has been publishing information about such flights since Sept. 17, 2020, amid a rising number of intrusions into the nation's ADIZ by Chinese military planes

The highest number of incursions reported this year was 39, on Jan. 23, followed by 30 on May 30, MND data showed.

An ADIZ is an area declared by a country to allow it to identify, locate and control approaching foreign aircraft, it is not part of territorial airspace as defined by international law.

(By Huang Shih-ya and Frances Huang)

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