Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said its air force on Friday quickly warned 25 Chinese planes that entered the island’s special air defense zone, on the same day that China celebrates its National Day.
Taiwan has been complaining for a year or more about repeated missions by the Chinese air force near it, especially in the southwestern part of its air defense zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the latest Chinese mission involved an 18J-16 fighter jet, four Sukhoi (Su-30) fighters, two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft.
The ministry added that Taiwan had sent planes to drive away the Chinese planes and had deployed missile systems to monitor them.
According to a map issued by the ministry, the Chinese planes all flew in an area near the Pratas Islands, and the two bombers were as close as possible to the archipelago.
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