37 Chinese warplanes cross into Taiwan’s defence zone

SpaceWar.com reports: ‘More than 30 Chinese warplanes entered Taiwan’s air defence zone over the course of about six hours, the island’s defence ministry said Thursday, a sharp ramp-up in single-day incursions by China’s military.

China claims self-ruled Taiwan as its territory and has vowed to take it one day — by force if necessary.

In recent years, Beijing has intensified aerial incursions into the island’s air defence identification zone — nearly doubling the air sorties in 2022 compared to the year before.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence spokesman Sun Li-fang announced Thursday that from 5 am local time (2100 GMT), ‘a total of 37 Chinese military aircrafts’ entered Taiwan’s southwestern ADIZ.

‘Some continued… towards the Western Pacific for long-range reconnaissance training,’ Sun said at around 11 am.

While not the largest number of incursions this year — that would be 45 sorties on April 9 — Thursday’s surge occurred over a much more compressed time frame…”

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