Wednesday, August 3, 2022

22 Chinese aircraft cross Taiwan Strait median line ahead of military drills - Focus Taiwan

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) A total of 27 Chinese military aircraft flew into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday, of which 22 crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

The incursions took place a day before China's military is set to launch live-fire military drills in six maritime areas near Taiwan, widely seen as retaliation for a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

MND data showed six Shenyang J-11 and 16 Sukhoi SU-30 fighter jets flew across the median line of the Taiwan Strait, while five J-16 jets flew into the southwestern part of Taiwan's ADIZ.

The Chinese military also sent 21 aircraft into Taiwan's southeastern ADIZ on Tuesday, when Pelosi was set to arrive in Taiwan.

On both occasions, Taiwan scrambled a combat air patrol, sent radio warnings, and deployed defense missile systems to track the Chinese military planes, MND said.


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