Incursion marks 20th time Chinese warplanes have entered Taiwan's identification zone this year
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
During Thursday's Tien Lei Drill (天雷操演), which is part of the ongoing Han Kuang exercises (漢光演習), the Taiwanese military at the Fenggang shooting range in Pingtung County fired heavy artillery into the waters off the southwest coast of Taiwan. In the midst of the drills, the Chinese military aircraft suddenly entered Taiwan's ADIZ, at one point coming within 333 kilometers of the shooting range, reported Liberty Times.
The latest incursion marks the 20th time this year that Chinese warplanes have penetrated Taiwan's ADIZ. The Taiwanese military emphasized that it was closely monitoring all movements by China's armed forces.
During the drill, F-16 fighter jets and attack helicopters also demonstrated their prowess. In addition, joint arms battalions staged anti-landing operations at Jialutang Camp in Fangshan Township with a crowd of military buffs in attendance. [FULL STORY]