9 Chinese military planes enter Taiwan air defense zone

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Nine Chinese military planes entered Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday, marking the 14th intrusion this month.

Six People’s Liberation Air Force (PLLA) Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, one Shaanxi Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft, one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft, and one control aircraft and airborne early warning KJ-500 flew in the southwest corner of ADIZ, Taiwan News reported citing the Ministry of National Defense (DND).

In response, Taiwan sent planes, issued radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor PLAAF planes.

Wednesday’s incursion marks the 13th consecutive day Chinese planes have flown over Taiwan’s identification zone. Beijing sent a mix of observation jets, fighter jets and bombers to the area every day this month except September 2, Taiwan News reported.

He further reported that since September last year, Beijing had stepped up its gray area tactics by regularly sending planes into Taiwan’s ADIZ, with most of the events taking place in the southwest corner of the area.

Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of nearly 24 million people located 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 increasing its strategic ties with democracies, including the United States, which Beijing has repeatedly opposed. China has threatened that “Taiwan independence” means war.

On June 1, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to complete reunification with autonomous Taiwan and vowed to break any attempt at official independence for the island.

(With entries from ANI)

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