Flight by Chinese bombers near Taiwan’s Orchid Island unconfirmed

Aircraft believed to be Chinese spy plane appeared near southwest Taiwan Tuesday noon

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/09/22
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

A Chinese Xi’an H-6 bomber (Wikimedia, alert5 photo) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The suspected appearance of two Chinese Xi’an H-6 bombers near Orchid Island in Taitung County was not confirmed by the Ministry of National Defense, reports said Tuesday (Sept. 22).

Intrusions by Chinese warplanes into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) have grown more frequent over the past few months, with 37 such incidents during just two days last week as United States Undersecretary of State Keith Krach visited Taiwan.

According to observers of military affairs who listen in to broadcasts, two Chinese bombers flew east of Taiwan from north to south, and when they passed close to Orchid Island after 7 a.m. on Tuesday, the Air Force scrambled jets to ward them off, UDN reported. However, the Ministry of National Defense did not provide any comment on the reports.

Just before noon, the Twitter handle CANUK78 reported the presence of an unidentified plane inside the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, the scene of numerous previous violations. The site specul.ated the aircraft might be a Chinese spy plane.    [FULL  STORY]

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