TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Chinese military turboprop flew into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday (Oct. 25), marking the 15th intrusion this month.
A People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warfare plane entered the southwest corner of the ADIZ in the daytime, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND). In response, Taiwan sent aircraft, issued radio warnings, and deployed missile systems to monitor the PLA plane.
After China sent 149 military planes into Taiwan’s identification zone at the start of the month (Oct. 1-4), the last 11 intrusions have seen a reduction in the number of Chinese aircraft in the zone.
Since September last year, China has increased its use of gray zone tactics by routinely sending aircraft into Taiwan’s ADIZ, with most occurrences taking place in the southwest corner of the zone.
An ADIZ is an area that extends beyond a country’s airspace where air traffic controllers ask incoming aircraft to identify themselves. Gray zone tactics are defined as “an effort or series of efforts beyond steady-state deterrence and assurance that attempts to achieve one’s security objectives without resort to direct and sizable use of force.”
According to MND data, Chinese aircraft were tracked in the ADIZ 27 times in September, 14 times in August, 14 times in July, 10 times in June, 18 times in May, 22 times in April, 18 times in March, 17 times in February, and 27 times in January. Last year, they were observed 19 times in December, 22 times in November, and 22 times in October.
Flight path of Chinese plane on Oct. 25. (MND image)