Taiwan flies to warn 29 Chinese planes in its Air Defense Identification Zone

Taiwan has shuffled planes to warn 29 Chinese planes in its Air Defense Identification Zone, including bombers that flew south of the island and the Pacific.

Key points:

  • The latest incursion is the largest since China blew up 30 planes in Taiwan’s air defense identification zone in May
  • On Friday, China launched its third aircraft carrier, named after the province opposite Taiwan.
  • Last month, the Chinese military carried out an exercise around Taiwan as a “solemn warning” against its “collusion” with the United States.

The latest Chinese mission included 17 fighters and six H-6 bombers, as well as aircraft with electronic warfare capabilities, early warning and anti-submarine capabilities, and an air refueling aircraft, the Taiwan Defense Ministry said.

Some of the planes flew in an area northeast of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands, according to a map provided by the ministry.

However, the bombers, accompanied by an electronic warfare and an intelligence-gathering plane, flew into the Bashi Channel separating Taiwan from the Philippines and the Pacific before returning to China by the route where they arrived. .

Taiwan sent fighter jets to warn Chinese planes, while missile systems were deployed to control them, the ministry said, using standard wording for its response.

It was the largest raid since Taiwan reported 30 Chinese aircraft in its Air Defense Identification Zone on May 30.

The largest to date occurred on January 23, with 39 aircraft.

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Taiwan, which China claims is its own territory, has complained over the past two years or so about repeated Chinese Air Force missions near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of China. Air Defense Identification Zone.

Taiwan calls gray warfare the repeated close military activities of China, designed both to wear down Taiwanese forces by making them fight repeatedly and to test Taiwanese responses.

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There was no immediate comment from China, which in the past said that these moves were exercises aimed at protecting the country’s sovereignty.

China on Friday launched its third aircraft carrier, the Fujian, which bears the name of the province opposite Taiwan.

The Chinese military said last month that it had conducted an exercise around Taiwan as a “solemn warning” against its “collusion” with the United States.

This comes after US President Joe Biden angered China by appearing to point to a shift in US policy of “strategic ambiguity” in Taiwan, saying the United States would be militarily involved if China attacked. the island.

China has stepped up pressure on Taiwan to accept its claims to sovereignty.

The Taipei government said it wanted peace but would defend itself if attacked.

No shots were fired and the Chinese plane did not fly into Taiwan’s airspace, but into its Air Defense Identification Zone, a larger area that Taiwan controls and patrols that acts to give it more time to respond to any threat.

ABC / Reuters

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