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Mainland China survey aircraft intrude into Taiwan ADIZ twice: Air Force

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Chinese military aircraft trespassed into Taiwan's aerial identification zone several times on Monday, the R.O.C. Air Force confirmed yesterday.

R.O.C. Air Force Major General Hsiung Hou-chi (熊厚基) yesterday told local media that the Chinese People's Liberation Army sent two Y-8EW electronic reconnaissance aircraft to the South China Sea Monday, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.

On their way to the South China Sea and on their way back to the PRC following two missions, the two aircraft were found trespassing into Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on four different occasions: at 8:33 a.m. and 10:56 a.m., and at 2:31 p.m. and 4:57 p.m. on Monday, Hsiung said.

During each trespass, the Chinese aircraft stayed in Taiwan's aerial identification zone for about 10 minutes, he noted.

In response to the illegal entries, Taiwan sent its Mirage-2000 jets and locally developed Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) jets to intercept their PRC counterparts until they left Taiwan's aerial identification zone, he noted.

Pilots identified the intruding aircraft as Y-8EW electronic reconnaissance aircraft after establishing visuals of the planes, he noted.

According to Hsiung, Taiwan Armed Forces have been closely monitoring the nation's ADIZ 24-7 and carried out appropriate response measures in each case of intrusion.

"The nation's ADIZ is a symbol of national sovereignty, and it is our duty to safeguard national security" he noted.

Hsiung made the remarks in confirmation of a Chinese-language United Daily News report yesterday that made the incident public.

According to the report, Taiwanese military also called on the Chinese pilots to fly out of Taiwan's ADIZ immediately via a public radio channel.

Hsiung yesterday confirmed that similar cases of foreign military aircraft entering Taiwan's ADIZ without notice have also been reported.

The Monday incident is the first of its kind this month, he said.

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