Taiwan Scrambles Jets After 30 Chinese Plane Incursion

China has made the second greatest intrusion into Taiwan’s air defense zone, with Taipei claiming that 30 jets, including more than 20 fighters have entered their territory. 

According to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense news update, the air activities were recorded in the southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ). 

In a separate report by BBC, it said the jets did not fly into Taiwanese airspace, which would have been considered an act of hostility.

For the purpose of national security, an ADIZ is a region outside of a country’s territory and national airspace where foreign aircraft are nonetheless identified, monitored, and controlled. 

An ADIZ is self-declared and retains international airspace in theory.

There were three more air activities that were reported by the defense ministry today, May 31. 

The incursion occurred on Monday when US Senator Tammy Duckworth arrived in Taipei on an unannounced visit to discuss regional security and trade issues with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

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