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Taiwan’s Military Scrambles Jets After Detecting 39 Chinese Warplanes

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Taiwan's military scrambles jets after detecting 39 Chinese warplanes
J-20 stealth fighter jets in Zhuhai in the Guangdong Province of China last year. Photo: Chen Jimin/China News Service via Getty Images


Taiwan’s defense force said 39 Chinese warplanes flew into its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Sunday.

Why it matters: The largest Chinese air force incursion into the zone since October came a day after the U.S. and Japanese navies conducted a joint exercise in the Philippine Sea.

  • While China’s government did not immediately comment on the latest deployment of aircraft near Taiwan, the Chinese military sent a record 145 fighter planes to the ADIZ last October after the U.S. conducted a joint naval exercise near Okinawa, Japan.

Details: Taiwan’s defense force said in a statement China’s military sent 34 fighters, four electronic warfare aircraft and a bomber to the ADIZ on Sunday.

  • The self-governing island’s military scrambled its own jets, issued radio warnings and activated air defense missile systems in response, per the statement.

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