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Taiwan tracks 7 Chinese military aircraft, 8 naval vessels around nation

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

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Chinese J-10 fighter jet. (MND photo)

Chinese J-10 fighter jet. (MND photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of National Defense (MND) tracked seven Chinese military aircraft and eight naval vessels around Taiwan between 6 a.m. on Sunday (Nov. 26) and 6 a.m. on Monday (Nov. 27).

Of the seven People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft, two 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 that time.

In response, Taiwan sent aircraft and naval ships and deployed land-based missile systems to monitor PLA activity.

So far this month, Beijing has sent 306 military aircraft and 154 naval ships around Taiwan. Since September 2020, China has increased its use of gray zone tactics by incrementally increasing the number of military aircraft and naval ships operating around Taiwan.

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 7 Chinese military aircraft, 8 naval vessels around nation
Flight paths of two out of seven PLA aircraft. (MND image)