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Taiwan detects two Chinese aircraft violating its air defense identification zone

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said on Monday it had operated three military aircraft and six naval ships around the island nation’s airspace and waters, as well as, two aircraft in its southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ). Entered.

As of 6 a.m. local time (UTC+8), three PLA aircraft and six ships of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) were detected, the ministry reported. Of particular concern was the entry of two aircraft into Taiwan’s southwestern ADIZ.

Air defense identification zone (ADIZ) is an area of ​​airspace in which a country attempts to identify, locate, and control aircraft in the interest of national security.

Taiwan’s armed forces responded immediately by monitoring the activities and taking necessary precautions to protect Taiwan’s sovereignty and security.

“As of 6am today (UTC+8), 3 PLA aircraft and 6 PLAN ships operating in the vicinity of Taiwan were detected. 2 aircraft entered Taiwan’s southwestern ADIZ. #ROCArmedForces have monitored the situation and responded accordingly,” Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said in a post on Twitter.

The latest incident underscores ongoing tensions between Taiwan and China, with Beijing frequently holding military maneuvers and exercises near the self-ruled island. Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China, retains its autonomy despite China’s sovereignty claims over the island.

The Ministry of National Defense did not provide further details about the specific types of aircraft or ships involved in the recent activity, nor disclose any specific actions taken by the ROC armed forces in response to the situation.

The presence of PLA military assets near Taiwan remains a sensitive issue, raising concerns about potential tensions in the region. The Government of Taiwan has called for continued international support and attention to ensure stability and peace in the Taiwan Strait.

Since September 2020, China has intensified the use of “grey zone tactics” by operating more military aircraft and naval ships near Taiwan.

According to CSIS, gray zone strategy is defined as “a series of efforts or efforts beyond steady-state deterrence and reassurance that attempt to achieve one’s security objectives without resorting to the direct and substantial use of force.” Does.”

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