TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Chinese military observation plane flew over Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Sunday, December 19, marking the 16th intrusion this month.
According to Ministry of National Defence (MND). In response, Taiwan sent out planes, issued radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to track PLAAF planes.
So far this month, 60 Chinese planes have been tracked in Taiwan’s ADIZ, comprising 36 fighter jets, 2 bombers and 22 observation planes. Chinese military planes have been monitored in the Taiwan Identification Zone every day this month except December 5, 12 and 17.
Since September of last year, China has increased its use of gray area tactics by regularly sending planes into Taiwan’s ADIZ, with most events occurring in the southwest corner of the area.
An ADIZ is an area that extends beyond the airspace of a country where air traffic controllers ask incoming aircraft to identify themselves. Gray area tactics are defined as “an effort or series of efforts beyond steady-state deterrence and assurance that attempt to achieve its security objectives without resorting to a direct and significant use of force.”
Flight path of a Chinese plane on December 19. (Image MND)