Taiwan said on Monday its military planes have made about 30 flights into a part of China’s newly declared air defence zone which overlaps a similar Taiwanese zone.
China’s unilateral announcement on November 23 of an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea has angered the US, Japan and South Korea as well as Taiwan.
Beijing demands that all aircraft submit flight plans when traversing the zone, which covers islands disputed with Tokyo and also claimed by Taipei.
On Friday the Ma Ying-jeou administration in Taiwan, which has been pushing for detente with the mainland since 2008, launched a belated protest about the zone following mounting pressure from the opposition.
Defence minister Yen Ming, answering questions in parliament today, said the Taiwanese military planes had made “around 30 flights” into the overlapping area in the past week or so. Yen said Taiwan’s air force would scramble planes should Chinese aircraft enter the overlapping area, but none had done so as yet.
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