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Chinese anti-submarine plane enters Taiwan's ADIZ

ROC Central News Agency

12/12/2020 08:28 PM

Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) A Chinese military Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday, in the ninth such incursion this month, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).

In response to the intrusion, which has become an almost daily occurrence in recent months, Taiwan's Air Force scrambled planes to monitor the Chinese aircraft, issued radio warnings and mobilized air defense assets, until the PLA aircraft left the ADIZ, the MND said in a statement.

The latest incident is the ninth of its kind this month, following similar incursions Dec. 1-2, Dec. 4-7, and Dec. 9-10, according to the defense ministry.

An ADIZ is established by a country to allow identification, location and control of approaching foreign aircraft. However, unlike territorial airspace, no legal foundation for the ADIZ is explicitly stipulated in international law.

On Sept. 17, the MND added a section to its official website to log the movements of Chinese military planes near Taiwan.

(By Chen Yun-yu and Chung Yu-chen)

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