Taiwan says 19 Chinese warplanes entered air defence zone

Taiwan says 19 Chinese warplanes entered air defence zone
Sunday's mission involved 10 J-16 and four Su-30 fighters, as well as four H-6 bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft. ‍Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Taiwan has said a large incursion of Chinese military planes flew into its air defence zone on Sunday.

The Taiwanese defence ministry said 19 Chinese aircraft including nuclear-capable bombers and fighter jets entered its so-called air defence identification zone (ADIZ).

For more than a year, Taiwan has been complaining about repeated missions by China’s air force near the island.

China sees Taiwan as its breakaway province, but Taiwan sees itself as a sovereign state.

Taiwan’s defence ministry said Sunday’s mission by the Chinese air force involved four H-6 bombers which can carry an anti-submarine aircraft as well as nuclear weapons.

The defence ministry released a map showing the Chinese military jets’ path northeast of the Pratas, closer to the Chinese coast than the Taiwanese coast.

Missile systems were deployed and combat aircraft was dispatched to warn away the Chinese jets.

China has not yet officially commented on the matter yet.

China often launches such missions to express displeasure at comments made by Taiwan.

In June, Beijing sent 18 military planes into the ADIZ – the largest incursion reported by Taiwan to date.

It is unclear what prompted the latest mission.

Taiwan’s defence ministry warned last week that China’s armed forces could “paralyse” Taiwan’s defences and that the Chinese threat is growing.

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