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Taiwan tracks 25 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 J-10 fighter plane. (MND photo)

Chinese J-10 fighter plane. (MND photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of National Defense (MND) tracked 25 Chinese military aircraft and three naval vessels around Taiwan between 6 a.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 28) and 6 a.m. on Wednesday (March 1).

Of the 25 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft, 19 Chengdu J-10 fighter jets entered the southwest corner of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), 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 missiles to monitor the PLA aircraft and vessels.

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 25 Chinese military aircraft, 3 naval ships around country
Flight paths of 19 out of 25 PLA aircraft. (MND image)