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Chinese anti-submarine aircraft enters Taiwan's southwest ADIZ

ROC Central News Agency

12/29/2020 10:10 PM

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) A Chinese military Y-8 aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, marking the 19th day on which such a maneuver has occurred in December, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that day.

The Y-8, an anti-submarine variant, entered the airspace between southwest Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Dongsha Islands in the South China Sea, according to a chart provided by the MND.

In response to the incursion, Taiwan's Air Force scrambled planes to monitor the Chinese aircraft, issued radio warnings and mobilized air defense assets until the Chinese aircraft left the ADIZ, the MND said.

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

Dec. 16 had the most Chinese military plane incursions for the month, involving three Y-8s -- one anti-submarine warfare variant, one tactical reconnaissance variant and one electronic signals intelligence version -- in addition to a Y-9 electronic warfare plane, MND records showed.

On Dec. 21, one of the two Chinese low-speed aircraft that entered the same area briefly crossed the southern tip of the median line of the Taiwan Strait.

Due to the frequent incursions of Chinese military planes into Taiwan's ADIZ over the past few months, the MND established a section on its website in mid-September to make public the movements of Chinese military planes near Taiwan.

(By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim)


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