The ministry said “37 of the detected aircraft had crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered Taiwan’s southwest and southeast (air identification zone) ADIZ”….reports Asian Lite News
Over 40 Chinese warplanes were spotted around Taiwan in a single day, the self-ruled island’s defence ministry has said.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) said in a statement that 43 Chinese aircraft and 7 naval vessels were detected around the island in a 24-hour period leading up to 6:00 am Wednesday (2200 GMT Tuesday).
The ministry said “37 of the detected aircraft had crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered Taiwan’s southwest and southeast (air identification zone) ADIZ”.
Earlier in October, China had launched a Long March rocket carrying a spy satellite that was reportedly spotted over Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ).
According to the MND, the PLA launched its rockets from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan Province, China. The flight altitude of the rocket, the defence ministry noted, was above the atmosphere and “poses no harm to Taiwan.”
Nevertheless, according to the MND, the rocket’s flight path went above Taiwan’s ADIZ’s southwest corner.
In order to enable a suitable response, it continued, it had deployed its joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance system to track the ballistic dynamics, trajectories, and other data.
Following China’s intensified military aggression, economic coercion and threats against its neighbor over the last few years, Taipei’s ties with Beijing have been dealing with severe tensions.
China claims that Taiwan is part of their country while the latter called itself a sovereign and independent nation and not part of the former.