Chinese military transport plane enters Taiwanese airspace

Shaanxi Y-8 appeared off southwest Taiwan before heeding warnings and turning around

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/05/08
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

File photo of a Chinese Shaanxi Y-8  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Chinese Shaanxi Y-8 military transport plane entered Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) Friday (May 8), leading a jet from the island’s Air Force to broadcast a warning.

According to the Ministry of National Defense, the Chinese military plane had been training off Taiwan’s southwest coast around noon before it briefly encroached on Taiwan’s ADIZ, CNA reported.

As on previous occasions, the ministry said it is monitoring all aircraft and shipping movements in the vicinity of the island. After the Taiwanese jet intervened, the Y-8 left and the situation returned to normal.

Despite the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, China has not stopped its military movements near Taiwanese waters and airspace. From Jan. 23 until Friday, a total of seven incidents involving Chinese military planes were reported.    [FULL  STORY]

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