7 Chinese PLA military aircraft invade Taiwan’s air defense zone
Taiwan reported another incursion by Chinese fighter planes when seven People’s Liberation Army (PLA) military aircraft broke into the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) of the self-governing island on Tuesday.
Five Shenyang J-16 fighter jets from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), a Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft, and a Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft flew to the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, according to the Taiwanese ministry for National Defense (MND).
In response, Taiwan sent planes, broadcast radio alerts and deployed anti-aircraft missile systems to track the PLAAF planes, Taiwan News reported.
A total of nine Chinese aircraft were sighted in Taiwan’s identification zone that month, including five fighter jets and four reconnaissance planes.
Since September last year, China has been stepping up its use of gray area tactics by routinely sending airplanes into Taiwanâs ADIZ, with most of the incidents taking place in the southwest corner of the zone.
The Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is an area that extends beyond a country’s airspace. This is the area where air traffic controllers will be asked to identify themselves.
Gray zone conflicts are activities of one state that harm another state and are sometimes regarded as acts of war, but are not legally considered as acts of war.
The number of flights is expected to continue to increase as tensions rise over major political events on both sides of the strait in 2022, Taiwan News reported.
Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of nearly 24 million people off the south-east coast of China, although the two sides have been ruled separately for more than seven decades.
Taipei, on the other hand, is countering Chinese aggression by strengthening strategic relationships with democracies, including the US, which Beijing has repeatedly rejected. China has threatened that “Taiwan’s independence” means war.
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