China sets new record of 39 ADIZ passages

The country is sending planes to Taiwan’s defense zone before and after sunset to show off its joint military capabilities, an expert said.

  • Editor-in-chief, with CNA and Reuters

China’s deployment of a record number of military jets to Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) for two consecutive days was a demonstration of its joint combat capabilities, defense experts said yesterday. .

A total of 38 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) planes, including 24 J-16 fighter jets, entered southwestern Taiwan’s ADIZ on Friday, the day China celebrated its national day. . This set a record for the biggest intrusion since September last year, when Taiwan started reporting such actions.

On Saturday, the PLA sent a fleet of 39 planes to Taiwan’s ADIZ, breaking the previous day’s record.

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The Department of National Defense said that 14 J-16 fighters and four SU-30 fighters, as well as two Y-8 anti-submarine planes, entered the southwest section of Taiwan’s ADIZ during of the day on Saturday. At night, 12 J-16, six SU-30 fighters and a KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft entered the ADIZ.

The air force responded by deploying planes to monitor the Chinese plane, issuing radio warnings and mobilizing air defense assets, the ministry said.

Chinese planes from the two missions flew over the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands), the ministry said.

The airspace around the Pratas Islands is part of Taiwan’s ADIZ, an area declared by a country to allow it to identify, locate and control approaching foreign aircraft. However, these areas are not considered to be territorial airspace.

Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) condemned China for its actions on Saturday, saying the country was engaging in military aggression and “undermining regional peace.”

China did not comment, although it previously said such thefts were aimed at protecting its sovereignty and aimed at combating “collusion” between Taiwan and the United States, Taiwan’s most important international backer.

In a statement released yesterday, the US State Department said the United States “is very concerned about the provocative military activity of the People’s Republic of China near Taiwan, which is destabilizing, risk of miscalculations and undermines regional peace and stability ”.

“We urge Beijing to stop its military, diplomatic and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan,” he added.

“We will continue to help Taiwan maintain sufficient self-defense capacity, and we will uphold our commitments as defined in the three communiques, the law on relations with Taiwan and the six assurances,” he said. “The United States’ commitment to Taiwan is rock solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the region.

Chieh Chung (揭 仲), a researcher at the Taiwanese think tank Association of Strategic Foresight, said the day and night incursions are meant to show that the PLA is capable of 24-hour military deployment.

Chieh also said the plane came from different squadrons to demonstrate to Taiwan and the United States the PLA’s joint combat capabilities and its ability to quickly bring together assets from different units.

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