Taipei – Reuters
The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense said that its air force scrambled, on Friday, to warn 25 Chinese planes that entered the island’s special air defense zone, and this comes 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 Ministry of Defense 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: Taiwan has sent planes to keep the Chinese planes away and has deployed missile systems to monitor them.
According to a map released by the ministry, all the Chinese planes flew in an area near the Pratas Islands, and the two bombers were as close as possible to the archipelago. China has not made any comments yet.