Two Chinese military planes broke through Taiwan’s air defense identification zone

Two Chinese military planes broke through Taiwan's air defense identification zone

On Friday, Taiwan reported that 18 Chinese military planes had flown into its air defense identification zone (ADIZ). The planes included six J-11 fighter jets, six J-16 fighter jets, two Xi’an H-6 bombers, two KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft, one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane, and one Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warfare plane, according to the Ministry of National Defense. The Y-8 ASW and two H-6 bombers flew around the southwest and southeast corners of Taiwan’s ADIZ, while the other planes came in from the southwest, which has seen the most invasions since the military began publicizing them in September 2020. To follow the Chinese jets, Taiwan’s Air Force dispatched aircraft, gave radio alerts, and deployed air defense missile systems, as is customary.

The highest number of intrusions on a single day in 2022 so far occurred on January 23, when the military spotted 39 People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft. Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of almost 24 million people located off the southeastern coast of mainland China, despite the fact that the two sides have been governed separately for more than seven decades. Taipei, on the other hand, has countered the Chinese aggression by increasing strategic ties with democracies including the US, which has been repeatedly opposed by Beijing. China has threatened that “Taiwan’s independence” means war.

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