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Taiwan spots 7 Chinese military aircraft inside its ADIZ

Chinese intrusions occurred in May on 19 days out of 28 days so far

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China's J-16 fighter jet. (Ministry of National Defense photo)

China's J-16 fighter jet. (Ministry of National Defense photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Seven Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Saturday (May 28), according to the Ministry of National Defense.

The planes were one Sukhoi Su-30 and six J-16 fighter jets, the military’s website reported. As on most previous occasions, the aircraft intruded from the southwest sector, between Taiwan’s main island and the South China Sea. The J-16 jets flew closer to the disputed Taiwan-held island of Dongsha.

The Air Force sent jets, issued radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor the Chinese planes.

Saturday marked the 19th day in May that Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force aircraft intruded into Taiwan’s ADIZ, the Liberty Times reported.

Looking back on the year so far, there have been 111 days since Jan. 1 that ADIZ incursions have been reported. The highest number of intrusions on a single day in 2022 so far occurred on Jan. 23, when the military spotted 39 aircraft.