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Air Defence Identification Zone

The Air Defense Identification Zone is airspace over land or water in which the ready identification, location, and control of civil aircraft over land or water is required in the interest of national security. China's Defence Ministry announced its ADIZ over a vast area in the East China Sea on November 23, 2013, which covers the area around the Diaoyu islands, controlled by Japan and known as the Senkaku Islands. The establishment of this zone drew strong opposition from Japan, the US and South Korea, becoming a flashpoint in East Asian politics and security. 


Taiwan scrambles fighter jets after PLA spy planes 'repeatedly' breach airspace

Fighter jets scrambled after maritime patrol planes allegedly enter sensitive area

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 August, 2014, 2:45pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 August, 2014, 8:57am

Taiwan's air force scrambled fighter jets to track two mainland PLA surveillance planes that intruded on the island's air defence zone, the island's military said yesterday.

One plane entered the air defence identification zone at 8.33am on Monday and another at 2.31pm the same day en route to a disputed area in the South China Sea, it said. Taiwan scrambled two fighter aircraft to track the planes.

A spokesman for the defence ministry in Beijing said People's Liberation Army aircraft conducted routine activities in the airspace on Monday, and nothing abnormal occurred.

Taiwan's United Daily News cited an unidentified military officer as saying that in the past PLA aircraft had detoured so as not to enter the Taiwanese zone. By entering it this time the PLA Air Force could test Taiwan's air surveillance capabilities and its reaction to intruders, the officer was quoted as saying.

Luo Shou-he, a spokesman for the island's Defence Ministry, said: "Right after their intrusions the air force first used radio to warn the intruding planes and then sent fighter jets to track them down in line with the standard operating procedure."

Luo said he did not think the incident would have an impact on the series of political negotiations that over the past few years had steadily improved ties between the mainland and Taiwan.

"What the air force did was the standard operating procedure that all other countries would do in responding to unidentified intruding planes. It has nothing to do with cross-strait relations."

Luo said this was not the first time a mainland aircraft had intruded into Taiwan's air defence identification zone and in previous cases the island's military had followed the same drill.

He added that the mainland aircraft only entered the edge of the island's air defence zone so it would not be an effective test of Taiwan's surveillance systems.

Tensions between Taiwan and the mainland have thawed since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008, pledging to strengthen ties with Beijing.

Additional reporting by Teddy Ng


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So it's ok for US and Japan to spy on Taiwan, but not China which owns the place... Gimme a break.
China does not own Taiwan. Sovereign nation, moron.
hkis - maybe in your wet dreams
I just wonder if said Japan or US Surveillance aircrafts fly over Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) if Taiwan sends fighter jets to intercept?! Yes, Air Force Combat Command Chief of Staff Hsiung Hou-chi did his job. China should have some form of diplomatic dialogue with Taiwan before China flew over Taiwan ADIZ.
I read, early July 2014, Chinese UDN claimed that Vietnam surrounded Taiwan Taiping Island and tried to attack Taiwanese troops in the Islands in South China Sea. Question is if Taiwan ever to defend itself if said Vietnam intends to attack Taiwan’s forces in Taiping Island? Unlikely. However, some Taiwanese officials indicated if Vietnam attacks Taiwan in Taiping Island, China (not U.S. or Japan) has no choice but come to rescue to protect Chinese territorial integrity. There are too much infighting between DDP and Kuomintang. I do not want to favor any party or any part of the infighting. However, their infighting hurts Taiwan international status, Taiwanese people and I don't think that Taiwan government can be properly functioning there.
Jennie PC Chiang江佩珍 08/27/14 美國


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