27 Chinese jets enter Taiwan air defence zone

Photo used for representational purpose only. Taiwan scrambled combat aircraft to “warn” the Chinese planes to leave after Chinese incursion in their defence zone. File   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Taiwan said 27 Chinese aircraft entered its air defence buffer zone on Sunday, the latest in a long series of incursions as part of Beijing's pressure on the self-ruled island.

The Defence Ministry said Taiwan scrambled combat aircraft to “warn” the Chinese planes to leave. It also deployed missile systems to monitor them.

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Sunday’s incursion included 18 fighter jets and five H-6 bombers, as well as a Y-20 aerial refueling aircraft, according to Taiwan’s Defence Ministry.

The Chinese aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) near the southern part of the island and out into the Pacific Ocean before returning to China, according to a map by Taiwan authorities.

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Over the past year, the frequency of Chinese incursions has increased, with about 150 aircraft over a period of four days.

China’s latest mission came as Chinese President Xi Jinping met with top officers at a military conference, where he called for military talent cultivation to support and strengthen the armed forces, according to state-owned news agency Xinhua.

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