MND confirms Canadian warship, PLA plane active around Taiwan

10/03/2020 09:25 PM
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Above picture shows the HMCS Ottawa, which was observed sailing into the Taiwan Strait last year (image taken from Wikimedia) / (Bottom picture) A Chinese Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft spotted on Saturday. Photo courtesy of the MND
Above picture shows the HMCS Ottawa, which was observed sailing into the Taiwan Strait last year (image taken from Wikimedia) / (Bottom picture) A Chinese Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft spotted on Saturday. Photo courtesy of the MND

Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA) A Canadian warship has sailed through the Taiwan Strait, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed Saturday, while noting that a Chinese Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft again intruded into Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) that day.

According to the defense ministry, the Canadian corvette sailed into the Taiwan Strait from the South China Sea and headed northward after leaving the waterway.

The MND did not provide any additional information on the transit through the waterway that separates Taiwan and China, except to say that Taiwan's military had monitored the ship during its passage.

The last time a Canadian warship was spotted near Taiwan was on Aug. 10 in 2019, when a Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa sailed through the Taiwan Strait. A similar passage occurred on June 18 that year.

Meanwhile, the ministry also confirmed that a Chinese Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest ADIZ on Saturday, the 10th Chinese intrusion since Sept. 16.

The military responded by scrambling fighter jets, issuing radio warnings and mobilizing surveillance and air defense assets until the Chinese planes left the ADIZ, it said.

The maneuvers by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) were also published on the MND website that day.

According to the ministry, the previous incursions carried out by the PLA involved an array of warplanes ranging from Shenyang J-16 and J-11 to Chengdu J-10 fighter jets.

(By Matt Yu and Ko Lin)

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