Chinese Jets enter Taiwanese Airspace for the 5th Time in April

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Taiwan has identified a Chinese military plane flying into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday, citing that this was the fifth day of Chinese military plane intrusions this month.

According to the MND, a People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Shenyang J-16 fighter jet flew into the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ.

MND said it responded by sending an aircraft, issued radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor the plane.

The J-16 fighter jet was the eighth Chinese military aircraft that authorities had tracked in Taiwan’s identification zone, which included two spotter planes and six fighters this month, the MND added.

On Tuesday, MND tracked four PLAAF Shenyang J-11 fighter jets that flew into the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ. 

According to the MND, China has increased its use of gray zone tactics by routinely sending aircraft into Taiwan’s ADIZ, with most occurrences taking place in the southwest corner since September 2020.

In 2021, MND tracked about 961 instances where Chinese military planes entered Taiwan’s ADIZ over 239 days. 

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