Twenty Chinese military fighter jets entered Taiwan’s ADIZ
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Twenty Chinese military fighter jets entered Taiwan’s ADIZ

29 Mar 2021

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed that 20 Chinese military aircraft entered the country’s south-western air defence identification zone (ADIZ).

Twenty Chinese military fighter jets entered Taiwan’s ADIZ
A H-6K landing at Zhuhai Jinwan Airport ahead of Airshow China 2018. Credit: Alert5.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed that 20 Chinese military aircraft entered the country’s south-western air defence identification zone (ADIZ).

The defence ministry noted that the latest incursion on 26 March comprising China’s four nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and ten J-16 fighter jets, among many others.

The MND noted that radio warnings were issued and even deployed air defence missile systems to monitor the activity.

On 29 March, around ten Chinese military aircraft entered the zone.

During recent months, China has been conducting almost daily military flights over the waters between Taiwan’s southern part and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea.

Claiming Taiwan as its own territory, China has stepped up many military activities near the democratic island.

Taiwan, which has been actively reporting about the incidents, said that China’s actions are jeopardising regional stability.

It comes just days after the Taiwanese Air Force reportedly grounded its F-5E fighter jet fleet following a mid-air collision and crash of two aircraft.

Meanwhile, Taiwan and the US signed their first agreement under the President Joe Biden administration on 26 March.

This agreement establishes a ‘Coast Guard Working Group to coordinate policy, after China’s passing of a law that allows its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels’, stated Reuters.

Last October, China reportedly announced plans to enforce sanctions on US companies over the sale of weapons to Taiwan.