1 Chinese military aircraft enters Taiwan's ADIZ

09/29/2022 07:43 PM
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Graphic: Ministry of National Defense
Graphic: Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) A total of 11 Chinese military aircraft and four naval ships were detected in areas around Taiwan on Thursday, including one warplane that flew into the southwestern part of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ).

According to the Ministry of National Defense (MND), the Chinese aircraft that entered Taiwan's southwestern ADIZ was a Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane.

In response, Taiwan scrambled a combat air and naval patrol and deployed defense missile systems to track the Chinese aircraft, the MND said.

The MND did not release the flight paths of the other planes.

Taiwan's Defense Ministry has been posting information about such flights since Sept. 17, 2020, amid the growing frequency of incursions by Chinese military aircraft into Taiwan's ADIZ.

China stepped up military maneuvers in early August after the visit of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Aug. 2 and 3, holding live-fire drills in six locations around Taiwan.

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

(By Matt Yu and James Lo)

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