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Three Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ

ROC Central News Agency

10/30/2020 09:49 PM

Taipei, Oct. 30 (CNA) Three Chinese military aircraft entered the southwestern part of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday, the 29th such maneuver since mid-September, according to Taiwan's defense ministry.

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said the three Chinese planes were models from the Shaanxi Y-8 family -- an electronic signals intelligence variant, an electronic warfare variant and an electronic reconnaissance variant.

In response, Taiwan's military scrambled planes to monitor the Chinese aircraft, issuing radio warnings and mobilizing air defense systems, the MND said.

According to MND records, the incident was the 29th incursion by Chinese military aircraft into Taiwan's ADIZ or across the median line of the Taiwan Strait since Sept. 16, a day before the ministry began regularly revealing on its website Chinese military movements near Taiwan.

ADIZs, which typically extend beyond a country's sovereign airspace, are established by countries according to their national defense needs, in order to allow them to identify and control foreign aircraft. No legal foundation for ADIZs is explicitly stipulated in international law.

Taiwan established its ADIZs in the early 1950s, in coordination with the United States.

(By Matt Yu and Matthew Mazzetta)

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