Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) was breached by nineteen Chinese military planes on Sunday, the Taiwanese defense ministry said. This is another incident of Chinese aviation into the Taiwanese defense zone in recent months.
The machines that breached Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) included 10 Shenyang J-16 fighters, four Su-30 fighters, four Xian H-6 bombers and one Shaanxi Y-8 aircraft. As highlighted in a statement by the Ministry of Defense, Taiwan’s threat detection systems respond in real time and keep the country safe.
Chinese planes in Taiwan’s defense zone
Although violations of the Taiwanese ADIZ zone by Chinese planes have become the norm, in recent weeks the country’s air force has reduced the intensity of such activities, primarily sending single Shaanxi Y-8 and Shaanxi KJ-500 machines. The last record of violations of the zone was set in mid-June, when as many as 28 planes, including 20 fighters, entered the zone. According to experts, the incursion was related to the G7 summit, which indicated the need for a peaceful solution to the situation in the Taiwan Strait.
Already in September, single planes of the PRC air force entered the zone four times. On Saturday, two Xi’an JH-7 planes and two Shaanxi Y-8 planes flew into the zone also from the south-west. In all recent incidents, Chinese planes fly into the southwestern part of the zone, in close proximity to the Dongsha (Pratas) archipelago, controlled by Taiwan.
China has the potential to paralyze the country’s defense in the event of a conflict, according to a report by the Taiwanese defense ministry presented to parliamentarians on Tuesday. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has the ability to launch electronic and cyber attacks that can neutralize Taiwan’s air and naval defense. An annual exercise by Han Kuang’s armed forces is scheduled in mid-September in Taiwan, which was supposed to take place earlier, but was postponed to this date due to the pandemic situation. Their purpose is to test the ability to respond to the potential threat of an offensive operation from the PRC.
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