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Taiwan tracks 8 Chinese military aircraft, 5 naval ships

Taiwan sent aircraft, naval ships, deployed air defense missile systems to monitor PLA activity

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Chinese Y-8 ASW plane. (MND photo)

Chinese Y-8 ASW plane. (MND photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of National Defense (MND) tracked eight Chinese military aircraft and five naval ships around Taiwan between 6 a.m. on Thursday (Feb. 1) and 6 a.m. on Friday (Feb. 2).

Of the eight People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft, two crossed the Taiwan Strait median line in the northeast sector of the country’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), according to the MND. Meanwhile, one PLA aircraft entered the southwest corner of the ADIZ.

In response, Taiwan sent aircraft and naval ships and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor the PLA activity.

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 8 Chinese military aircraft, 5 naval ships(MND image)