Chinese Warplanes Advance On Taiwan As Tensions Soar

Published: June 22, 2020  Updated: June 22, 2020 at 9:11 am EST

For the seventh time this month, Chinese warplanes approached Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday in what could be a deepening phase of geopolitical turmoil between Beijing and Taipei, reported Reuters.

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) flew at least one H-6 bomber and J-10 fighter jet into the ADIZ at the island’s southwest territory. Taiwan’s air force responded by issuing verbal warnings to the PLAAF aircraft and dispatched aerial reconnaissance and fighter jets to intercept the Chinese jets.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Taiwanese fighters “proactively drove off” the PLAAF aircraft. The incident marks the seventh time, last seen on June 9, 12, 16, 17, 18, and 19, that Chinese military aircraft have violated the country’s ADIZ.

The H-6 is a nuclear-capable bomber, used by China in “island encirclement” war exercises around the Chinese claimed-island.

Beijing insists Taiwan is part of China, and the war drills around the island, if that is in the air or by sea, act as a routine reminder that China has plans for unification.

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