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President visits Air Force Combatant Command

ROC Central News Agency

2016/12/24 12:40:44

Taipei, Dec. 24 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) visited the Air Force Combatant Command Friday to review the Air Force's training and exercise operations, the Presidential Office said in a statement Saturday.

This was Tsai's first publicized visit to an Air Force facility since Chinese military aircraft were detected near Taiwan's air space twice recently.

Besides hearing a report by commander Hsiung Hou-chi (熊厚基), Tsai also inspected the command's air traffic control center and had a call with F-16 pilots on a flight mission, according to the statement.

The president praised the command, headquartered in Taipei's Dazhi District, for its excellent performance in ensuring the country's air superiority in the Taiwan Strait and reaffirmed that "monitoring and protecting the security of the country's air space" was the Air Force's top priority, the statement said.

Taiwan's military confirmed that Chinese aircraft have twice circled the island over the past month, first on Nov. 25 and again on Dec. 10, without entering the country's air defense identification zone.

According to Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬), the move was part of China's military intimidation tactics and was aimed at demonstrating its multi-dimensional capability of invading Taiwan.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Y.F. Low)
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