- DAILY WIRE - VARUN HUKERI - OCT 1, 2021 -
China flew 25 military aircraft into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Friday in an apparent display of force coinciding with the country’s National Day, which commemorates the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The “air incursion” included 18 J-16 and four Su-30 fighter jets, two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft belonging to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, according to a statement from Taiwan’s defense ministry. Taiwan responded by deploying its own combat aircraft and monitoring the Chinese planes using the island’s missile defense systems.
The Chinese aircraft flew close to the Pratas Island, an atoll in the South China Sea, located southwest of Taiwan and near the Chinese provinces of Fujian and Guangdong, according to a map of their flight paths shared by Taiwan’s defense ministry.
Chinese aircraft made around 380 air incursions into the ADIZ in 2020 alone, a Taiwanese defense official said in January. But Beijing has become more assertive in its military posture, making more than 500 air incursions so far this year, DW reported.
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