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Taiwan scrambles fighters to intercept 39 Chinese warplanes in its air defenses

TAIPEI, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Taiwan on Sunday reported the biggest incursion by China’s air force into its air defense sector since October, the island’s defense ministry said in the latest escalation in tensions as Taiwan fighters hit 39 Scrambled to warn the planes.

Taiwan, which China claims as its territory, has repeatedly placed close to Taiwan, often in the southwestern part of its Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ, near the democratically governed island by China’s Air Force. Reported to the mission. Controlled Pratas Islands.

Taiwan calls China’s repeated military activities “grey zone” warfare, designed to repeatedly scuffle Taiwan’s forces and test Taiwan’s responses.

Taiwan’s ministry said the latest Chinese mission involved 34 fighter jets and four electronic warfare aircraft and one bomber.

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According to the map provided by the ministry, the aircraft took off over an area northeast of Pratas.

The ministry said Taiwan sent fighter jets to warn the Chinese planes while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.

There was no immediate comment from China, which has said in the past that such moves were exercises aimed at protecting the country’s sovereignty.

China has increased pressure on Taiwan to accept its sovereignty claims. Taiwan’s government says it wants peace but will defend itself if attacked.

It is unclear what may have caused Sunday’s activities. China often coincides with visits by senior foreign dignitaries to Taiwan, or coincides with certain important dates.

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Taiwan notified 148 Chinese Air Force aircraft in the southern and southwestern part of its air defense zone over a period of four days beginning on October 1, the same day China celebrated a major patriotic holiday, National Day.

Taiwan has reported almost daily Chinese air force entry into the same airspace since then, but the number of planes on Sunday was the largest in a single day since the October incursion.

No shots have been fired and Chinese aircraft are not flying over Taiwan’s airspace, but in its ADIZ, an extensive area Taiwan monitors and patrols to give it more time to respond to any threats. works.

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