Chinese military plane enters Taiwan ADIZ 9th day in a row

13-Apr-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 5:02 AM Print This Post

A Chinese military turboprop flew into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday (April 11), marking the ninth intrusion this month.

A single People’s Liberation Army Air Force Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warfare plane entered the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND). In response, Taiwan sent planes, broadcast radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to track the Chinese aircraft.

Since mid-September of last year, Beijing has stepped up its gray-zone tactics by regularly sending planes into Taiwan’s ADIZ, with most instances occurring in the southwest corner of the zone and usually consisting of one to three slow-flying turboprop planes. However, in recent weeks, China has begun to sporadically send larger incursions, including fighter jets (J-10s and J-16s), into Taiwan’s identification zone.

An ADIZ is an area that extends beyond a country’s air space where air traffic controllers ask incoming aircraft to identify themselves. Gray zone tactics are defined as “an effort or series of efforts beyond steady-state deterrence and assurance that attempts to achieve one’s security objectives without resort to direct and sizable use of force.”

According to MND data, Chinese planes were tracked in Taiwan’s identification zone 18 times in March, 17 times in February, 27 times in January, while last year they were observed times 19 in December, 22 times in November, and 22 times in October, including a drone on October 22.


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