5 Chinese military planes enter Taiwan’s ADIZ

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Taiwan News

12th January 2022 – (Taipei) Five Chinese military planes entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, marking the ninth intrusion this month.

Four People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Shenyang J-16 fighter jets and one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane flew into the southwest corner of the ADIZ, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND). In response, Taiwan sent aircraft, issued radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to track the planes.

A total of 35 Chinese planes have been spotted in Taiwan’s identification zone so far this month, including 23 fighter jets and 12 spotter planes.

Since September 2020, China has increased its use of gray zone tactics by routinely sending aircraft into Taiwan’s ADIZ, with most occurrences taking place in the southwest corner of the zone. In 2021, Chinese military planes entered Taiwan’s ADIZ on 961 instances over 239 days, the Liberty Times cited the MND as saying.

An ADIZ is an area that extends beyond a country’s airspace where air traffic controllers ask incoming aircraft to identify themselves. Gray zone tactics are defined “as an effort or series of efforts beyond steady-state deterrence and assurance that attempts to achieve one’s security objectives without resort to direct and sizable use of force.”

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