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2 Chinese military turboprops enter Taiwan’s ADIZ

Incursion marks 28th consecutive day Chinese planes tracked in zone

Chinese Y-8 RECCE. (MND photo)

Chinese Y-8 RECCE. (MND photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two Chinese military planes entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday (Dec. 1), marking the first intrusion this month.

A People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warfare plane and a Shaanxi Y-8 reconnaissance airplane both flew into the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND). In response, Taiwan sent aircraft, issued radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to track the PLA planes.

The incursion on Wednesday marked the 28th consecutive day Chinese planes had been spotted in Taiwan’s identification zone. The MND recorded 29 intrusions in November, the most of any month since it began publicly reporting incursions in September 2020.

Since September of 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.”
2 Chinese military turboprops enter Taiwan’s ADIZ
Chinese Y-8 EW. (MND photo)
2 Chinese military turboprops enter Taiwan’s ADIZ
Flight paths of Chinese planes on Dec. 1. (MND image)

Updated : 2022-01-20 03:00 GMT+08:00