Taiwan says 19 Chinese warplanes entered air defence zone

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Taiwan has said a large incursion of Chinese military jets flew into its air defence zone on Sunday. The defence ministry said 19 aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered its so-called air defence identification zone (ADIZ). Taipei has been complaining for more than a year about repeated missions by China’s air force near the island. China sees democratic Taiwan as a breakaway province, but Taiwan sees itself as a sovereign state. Taiwan’s defence ministry said Sunday’s mission by the Chinese air force involved four H-6 bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, as well as an anti-submarine aircraft. An air defence identification zone is an area outside of a country’s territory and national airspace but where foreign aircraft are still identified, monitored, and controlled in the interest of national security. It is self-declared and technically remains international airspace. … China has not yet officially commented.” [editor’s note: Taiwan’s self-declared ADIZ extends well onto the Chinese mainland – TLK] (09/06/21)