Taipei, Two Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes entered Taiwan’s southwest Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Saturday, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that day.
Taiwan’s Air Force responded by scrambling planes and deploying air missile defense systems to monitor the Chinese aircraft, in addition to issuing radio warnings until the PLA planes left the area, the MND said.
The Chinese planes included one Y-8 anti-submarine plane and one Y-8 tactical reconnaissance aircraft, according to the ministry.
It was the fourth such incursion this week, the MND said.
A Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft entered Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on Dec. 1 and 2. On Dec. 4, three Chinese PLA warplanes — one Y-8 anti-submarine plane, one Y-8 tactical reconnaissance aircraft and one Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft — entered the same airspace, the ministry said.
An ADIZ is established by a country to allow identification, location and control of approaching foreign aircraft. However, unlike territorial airspace, no legal foundation for the ADIZ is explicitly stipulated in international law.
Due to the increasing number of incursions by Chinese military planes in recent months, on Sept. 17 the ministry began publishing their movements on its website to keep the public better informed.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel