BORDER TENSIONS:Yesterday’s fly-by was the third such incident in the past two weeks. Meanwhile, China’s defense ministry warned India over their border stand-off
Date: Jul 25, 2017
By: Staff writer, with CNA and Reuters
Four Chinese Xian H-6 strategic bombers were spotted yesterday in two formations
flying close to Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, passing through the Bashi Channel (巴士海峽) and the Miyako Strait south of Okinawa before returning to Chinese airspace, the Ministry of National Defense said.
The bombers, part of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command, were taking part in a long-range drill in the Western Pacific, the ministry said.
The Miyako Strait, a strategic entryway into the Western Pacific between the Japanese islands of Miyako and Okinawa, offers a small strip of international waters and airspace through Japan’s exclusive economic zone, the ministry said, adding that all Chinese military movements are closely monitored by the ministry. [FULL STORY]