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Taiwan tracks 29 Chinese military aircraft, 3 naval ships around country

Taiwan sent aircraft, naval ships, and used land-based missiles to monitor PLA aircraft and vessels

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Chinese H-6 bomber. (MND photo)

Chinese H-6 bomber. (MND photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of National Defense (MND) tracked 29 Chinese military aircraft and three naval vessels around Taiwan between 6 a.m. on Monday (Dec. 12) and 6 a.m. on Tuesday (Dec. 13).

Of the 29 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft, 21 were monitored in the southwest corner of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), including 18 Xian H-6 bombers, one Shenyang J-11 fighter jet, one Shaanxi Y-8 reconnaissance plane, and one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane, according to the MND. No PLA aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait median line during this time.

In response, Taiwan sent aircraft, naval ships, and used land-based missile systems to monitor the PLA aircraft and vessels.

So far this month, Beijing has sent 220 military aircraft and 50 naval ships around Taiwan. Since September 2020, China has increased its use of gray zone tactics by routinely sending aircraft into Taiwan’s ADIZ.

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.”
Taiwan tracks 29 Chinese military aircraft, 3 naval ships around countryFlight paths of 21 out of 29 PLA aircraft. (MND image)