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7 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan’s ADIZ

Taiwan sent aircraft, broadcast radio warnings, deployed missile systems to track PLAAF planes

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Chinese J-16 fighter jet. (MND photo)

Chinese J-16 fighter jet. (MND photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Seven Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday (Jan. 4), marking the third intrusion this month.

Five People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, one Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warfare plane, and one Y-8 anti-submarine warfare airplane flew into the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND). In response, Taiwan sent aircraft, broadcast radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to track the planes.

Nine Chinese aircraft have been spotted in Taiwan’s identification zone so far this month, including five fighter jets and four spotter planes. In December, a total of 86 PLAAF aircraft were monitored in the ADIZ, including 48 fighters, two bombers, and 36 turboprops.

Since September 2020, 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.”
7 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan’s ADIZ
Chinese Y-8 EW plane. (MND photo)
7 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan’s ADIZ
Chinese Y-8 ASW plane. (MND photo)
7 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan’s ADIZ
Flight paths of Chinese planes on Jan. 4. (MND image)
7 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan’s ADIZ
Flight paths of Chinese planes on Jan. 4. (MND image)


Updated : 2022-05-19 16:24 GMT+08:00