Taiwan reported another incursion of Chinese warplanes as seven military planes from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) entered the autonomous island’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday.
Five People’s Liberation Air Force (PLAAF) Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, a Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warfare plane, and a Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane flew in the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, according to the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense (DND).
In response, Taiwan sent out planes, broadcast radio warnings and deployed air defense missile systems to track PLAAF planes, Taiwan News reported.
A total of nine Chinese planes have been spotted in Taiwan’s identification zone so far this month, including five fighter jets and four observation jets.
Since September of last year, China has increased its use of gray area tactics by regularly sending planes into Taiwan’s ADIZ, with most events occurring in the southwest corner of the area.
Gray zone conflicts are activities carried out by one state that are detrimental to another state and are sometimes considered acts of war, but are not legally acts of war.
The number of flights is expected to rise further as tensions rise over major political events on both sides of the Taiwan Strait in 2022, Taiwan News reported.
Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of nearly 24 million people off the southeast coast of mainland China, despite the two sides having been governed separately for more than seven decades.
Taipei, on the other hand, has thwarted Chinese aggression by strengthening its strategic ties with democracies, including the United States, which Beijing has repeatedly opposed. China has threatened that “Taiwan independence” means war.
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