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3 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan’s Air Defence Zone, Exit after radio warnings

TAIPEI (Taiwanese News) – Three Chinese military planes flew to the Taiwanese air defense port (ADIZ) on Saturday (June 18), marking the seventh day of entry this month.

Two People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) fighter jets Shenyang J-16 and one submarine Shaanxi Y-8 have been tracked in the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, according to the National Defense Department (MND) . In response, Taiwan sent planes, issued radio warnings, and broadcast air defense missile programs to track PLAAF flights.

ADIZ is a passing area outside the country airport where flight controllers request incoming flights to identify themselves.

So far this month, China has sent 11 aircraft to the Taiwanese People’s Detention Center, including seven fighter jets and four spotter aircraft.

Since September 2020, China has increased its use of gray zone tactics by regularly sending flights to Taiwan’s ADIZ, and many incidents are taking place in the southwest corner. By 2021, Chinese military planes entered Taiwan’s ADIZ with 961 cases in 239 days, according to the MND.

Grayscale strategies are defined as “an effort or series of efforts beyond excessive solidarity and assurance that attempts to achieve personal safety goals without the use of direct and indirect force.”

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