Chinese anti-submarine plane enters Taiwan's ADIZ

10/16/2020 10:12 PM
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Photo courtesy of the MND
Photo courtesy of the MND

Taipei, Oct. 16 (CNA) A Chinese military anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday morning, the 19th such maneuver since mid-September, according to Taiwan's defense ministry.

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said the Chinese plane involved in the incident was a Shaanxi Y-8 ASW from the People's Liberation Army.

Based on an MND chart showing the Y-8's flight path, it entered into the airspace between southwest Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Dongsha Islands, also known as the Pratas Islands, in the South China Sea.

Taiwan's military responded by scrambling planes to monitor the Chinese aircraft, issuing radio warnings and mobilizing air defense systems, the MND said.

According to MND records, the incident marked the 19th incursion by Chinese military assets into airspace or waters near Taiwan since Sept. 16, a day before the MND began regularly revealing on its website Chinese military movements near Taiwan.

In October alone, 12 incursions were conducted by Chinese military planes around the area, nine of which were by Y-8 ASW aircraft.

An ADIZ, usually extended beyond a country's sovereign airspace, is established by a country according to its national defense needs. It generally indicates the airspace in which a country wants be able to identify and control the presence of any aircraft. However, no legal foundation for ADIZs is explicitly stipulated in international law.

Taiwan established its ADIZs in the early 1950s, in coordination with the United States.

(By Emerson Lim and Matt Yu)

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