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25 Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan air defence zone

Taiwan’s air force scrambled again on Friday to alert away 25 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, according to the defence ministry in Taipei.

Taiwan has complained about a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force, again and again in the southwestern part of its air defence zone close to the Taiwan- controlled Pratas Islands.

The latest PLA air force mission involved 18 J-16 and four Su-30 fighters plus two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft, the Taiwan ministry said.

It said Taiwan sent combat aircraft to warn away the PLA aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.

The Chinese aircraft all flew in an area near the Pratas, with the two bombers flying closest to the atoll, according to a map that the ministry issued.
There was no immediate comment from China.

The largest sortie to date happened in June, involving 28 PLA air force aircraft.

Last week, China’s air force flew 24 fighter jets toward Taiwan after it announced it would apply to join a Pacific trade group that Beijing also applied to join.

Beijing regards Taiwan as a breakaway province and has not ruled out the use of force to reunify it with the mainland.

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