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Taiwan Scrambles Jets to Warn Away Chinese Aircraft

Voice of America News reports: “Taiwan scrambled jets on Tuesday to warn away Chinese aircraft in its air defense identification zone including bombers that flew to the south of the island and into the Pacific, in the latest uptick in tensions and largest incursion since late May.

Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has complained for the past two years or so of repeated missions by the Chinese air force near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of its air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

Taiwan calls China’s repeated nearby military activities gray zone warfare, designed to both wear out Taiwanese forces by making them repeatedly scramble and also to test Taiwanese responses.

The latest Chinese mission included 17 fighters and six H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare, early warning, antisubmarine and an aerial refueling aircraft, Taiwan’s defense ministry said.

Some of the aircraft flew in an area to the northeast of the Pratas, according to a map the ministry provided…”

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