Taiwan Reports Chinese Aircraft, Frigate Enter Defense Zone
Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense reported multiple Chinese aircraft entering its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), and that it monitored a Chinese missile frigate close to the peninsula’s southeast coast.
On Thursday, Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) reported at least 24 Chinese aircraft entering its southwest ADIZ. The air force scrambled jets to warn off the aircraft.
The intercepted aircraft included J-16 fighters and multiple nuclear-capable H-6 bombers.
On Friday morning, three more Chinese aircraft were intercepted in Taiwan’s ADIZ, this time a group of Y-8 EWs and J-16s.
Taiwan News reported that the country’s defense ministry is currently monitoring a Chinese missile frigate close to Taiwan’s southeast coast on Friday.
No activity has been reported from the frigate so far, and Taiwan’s defense remains on standby.
On ‘Severe Threats’ From China
The incident of multiple aircraft entering Taiwan’s ADIZ and the appearance of a Chinese frigate come after Taiwan released plans to increase its defense budget to around $8.7 billion over the next five years.
The budget will include new missile systems, as the nation’s defense ministry warns of “severe threats” from the Chinese government.