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China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force has carried out regular sorties into Taiwan’s claimed airspace in recent months, deploying aircraft including Shenyang J-11 fighters. (Japanese MoD)

China has continued deployments of military aircraft in Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), the Ministry of National Defense (DND) said, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine n has not yet coincided with an increase in these outings.

According to the MND, nine Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) planes entered its ADIZ on February 24, up from two a day earlier. The National Defense Ministry said those PLAAF aircraft included 10 Shenyang J-16 fighter jets and one Shaanxi Y-8 surveillance aircraft.

The MND added that the PLAAF plane entered the southwestern part of its ADIZ, near Dongsha Island (also called Pratas), which is administered by Taiwan. This position has often been cited by DND as the site of increasingly regular ADIZ incursions.

In response to these PLAAF deployments, the MND said it scrambled the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) combat air patrol and deployed “air defense missile systems” for military purposes. monitoring.

The 11 PLAAF planes that entered Taiwan’s ADIZ brought the number of Chinese military planes to enter the zone in February to 46 planes on 12 different days.

The figures reflect the increasing regularity with which the PLAAF deploys its aircraft to Taiwan’s ADIZ, but they do not indicate an increase in this activity. In January 2022 and late 2021, aerial incursions occurred at a higher rate.

On January 23, for example, Taiwan’s MND said the PLAAF had deployed 39 aircraft to the island’s ADIZ, with those platforms including 24 Shenyang J-16 and 10 Chengdu J-10 fighter jets; two Shaanxi Y-9 (possibly a Y-9JB or Y-9G variant) and two Shaanxi Y-8 (possibly a Y-8G or Y-8CB) electronic intelligence aircraft; and an H-6 strategic bomber. Another 13 aircraft entered the ADIZ on 24 January.

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The newspaper said at the time that the deployments were part of exercises organized by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

The Chinese deployments in January were the largest since early October, when Beijing marked the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

At that time, a total of 149 PLAAF aircraft entered Taiwan’s ADIZ in four days. Another increase in sorties, featuring Shenyang J-11 fighters, was noted by the MND in November.

Sharon P. Juarez