Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 16 Jun 2021, 06:41 am Print
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Taipei: In the largest incursion since last year, China Tuesday sent 28 military planes into Taiwan's Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ), according to Taiwan's ministry of defence, reported media
The military planes included fighter jets, bombers, anti-submarines and early warning aircrafts. This surpassed the previous peak of 25 planes reported on April 12, according to CNN
China claims Taiwan, an island off the southeastern coast of its mainland, as its integral part, though both the sides have governed separately for more than 70 years.
28 PLA aircraft (Y-8 ASW, H-6*4, Y-8 EW, KJ-500 AEW&C*2, J-16*14 and J-11*6) entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on June. 15, 2021. Please check our official website for more information: https://t.co/JnfN8bOwgl pic.twitter.com/MBJv2jbNMZ— åœ‹é˜²éƒ¨ Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. ðŸ‡¹ðŸ‡¼ (@MoNDefense) June 15, 2021
The military airplanes were flown after G7 leaders Sunday issued a joint statement hitting out at China over a number of issues and highlighting the significance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait which Beijing termed as "slander".
The planes were also sent to Taiwan to demonstrate China's might in response to the landing of a US Air Force C-17 transport jet in Taipei.
The CNN report, citing experts, said the move was viewed as a humiliating defiance of Beijing's claim of sovereignty over Taiwan.
The flights also showed Taiwan and the US that China perceived their military cooperation as a threat.
According to experts cited in the CNN report, the flight exercise was a planned one and not the result of the G7 statement; only the time had been adjusted according to the developments so that more aircrafts could be added in short notice.
With Tuesday's exercise, China probably was looking to gather intelligence for any potential conflict involving Taiwan, the CNN report said, citing experts, as the flights included intelligence gathering early warning aircraft which can measure Taiwan's response, information that could be relevant in the event of a possible combat mission in the future.
The latest Chinese mission involved 14 J-16 and six J-11 fighters, as well as four H-6 bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, and anti-submarine, electronic warfare and early warning aircraft, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said.
The Chinese aircraft flew in an area close to the Pratas Islands, bombers and some of the fighters flew around the southern part of Taiwan close to the bottom tip of the island according to a map the ministry provided, CNN report stated.
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