U.S. warplanes spotted flying over waters near Taiwan

06/29/2020 06:05 PM
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A C40A Clipper / CNA file photo
A C40A Clipper / CNA file photo

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) Several American warplanes were observed flying over the Bashi Channel near Taiwan at separate times on Monday, according to posts by several aircraft tracking accounts on Twitter.

The Bashi Channel is situated between southern Taiwan and Mavulis Island (or Y'ami Island), the northernmost island of the Philippines, and is a strategic waterway connecting the South China Sea to the Pacific Ocean.

On Monday, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) declined to confirm the tweets, except to say that air activities over waters surrounding Taiwan are constantly monitored by the military.

The South China Sea Probing Initiative (SCSPI), run by the Peking University Institute of Ocean Research, posted a tweet of an EP-3E electronic warfare plane and a RC-135U reconnaissance aircraft flying over the Bashi Channel on its Twitter page Monday morning.

It said the planes were flying to South China Sea from Kadena Air Base in Japan.

P-8A maritime patrol aircraft and a C40A Clipper followed thereafter in similar flight paths at different time intervals, according to SCSPI posts.

A tweet by tracking site Golf 9, meanwhile, also showed a KC-135R operating over the Bashi Channel on Monday morning.

Based on tweets by various aircraft trackers over the past few days, such as Golf 9, Aircraft Spots and the SCSPI, this was the ninth consecutive day in which U.S. military planes were spotted flying near Taiwan, with the South China Sea as their destination, before returning to their original base.

(By Matt Yu and Ko Lin)

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