Chinese spy plane spotted prowling near Taiwan

Chinese surveillance aircraft spotted yet again lurking near Taiwan's airspace

Chinese Y-8 spy plane. (Japan Ministry of Defense website www.mod.go.jp)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Chinese military spy plane was spotted prowling over international waters to the east of Taiwan yesterday, according to Japan's Ministry of Defense.

The ministry posted a map on its website showing the route a Shaanxi Y-8, a Chinese military surveillance aircraft, took as it flew over the East China Sea. The map shows that it was first detected just to the east of Taiwan, before it made its way over the Miyako Strait, which lies between the Japanese islands of Miyako and Okinawa and northeast of Taiwan. 

As the Chinese spy plane appeared over the Miyako Strait, the Japanese Air Self-Defense force scrambled a fighter jet in response. 


Map that Chinese spy plane took around Taiwan. (Image from www.mod.go.jp)

The presence of the Chinese spy plane is the yet another example of a series of provocative flybys on the part of Chinese military aircraft near Taiwan's waters in recent months. 

On July 13, a fleet of Chinese H-6K bombers also carried out training exercises in the Bashi Channel and the Miyako Strait.

On July 20, ten Chinese H-6K warplanes  and Y-8 spy aircraft circled Taiwan, as they carrying out long-distance training over the sea. 

On July 24, four Chinese H-6K bombers from southern China flew just outside of Taiwan’s ADIZ along the southern edge as they entered the Bashi Channel.