Taipei, A Chinese Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine patrol plane and another Y-8 surveillance plane entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday but left the area after Taiwan responded to their intrusion.
According to the website of the Ministry of National Defense (MND), the Y-8 anti-submarine patrol plane entered the southwestern part of Taiwan’s ADIZ, while the Y-8 surveillance plane flew over the Bashi Strait and flew across much of the southern part of the ADIZ.
The military scrambled planes to intercept the planes, issued radio warnings and mobilized surveillance and air defense assets to deal with the intrusion, which has almost become a daily occurrence in recent months due to deteriorating relations between the two sides.
The incident was the latest in a string of similar deployments by China’s military into Taiwan’s ADIZ and across the median line of the Taiwan Strait since Sept. 17, when the MND began to inform the public of movements of Chinese military aircraft near Taiwan on its website.
Recently, a Y-8 anti-submarine and Y-8G aircraft entered Taiwan’s ADIZ on Dec. 20, Dec. 22 and Dec. 24, while a Y-9 and a Y-8 aircraft did so on Dec. 21, with the Y-8 crossing the median line in the Taiwan Strait.
Meanwhile, a Chinese intelligence ship was spotted in waters northeast of Green Island off Taitung County early Friday prior to the planned test-firing of missiles by National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology from Jioupeng Military Base in Pingtung County and Chenggong Township in Taitung County on Friday night.
The Chinese vessel left the area that was within the range of where the missiles could potentially be fired at around 4 a.m., when it sailed some 102.3 nautical miles northeast of the Green Island under the close monitoring of Taiwan’s Navy, the MND said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel