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Chinese military aircraft again fly near eastern Taiwan

Central News Agency

2017/08/14 15:55:07

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) Chinese military aircraft were observed close to Taiwan's airspace in the east of the country on Monday, the third time in as many days, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement.

The two Y-8 military transport aircraft were returning to their base in China after a far-sea flight training mission, the ministry said.

One of the aircraft first skirted Taiwan's airspace in southern Taiwan as it passed through the Bashi Channel before turning northeast on a flight path that took it close to Japan's Miyako Islands, while the other aircraft turned southeast after passing through Bashi Channel, according to the ministry.

Chinese military aircraft have flown close to Taiwan's airspace in the east of the country three days in a row since Saturday and four times since the start of August.

The MND said it monitors all maneuvers by Chinese military planes to ensure they pose no threat to the national security of Taiwan.

(By Claudia Liu and Y.F. Low

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