Most of the PLA’s more than 450 sorties towards Taiwan since January have concentrated on the southwestern part of the island’s air defence identification zone. Photo: EPA-EFE
Most of the PLA’s more than 450 sorties towards Taiwan since January have concentrated on the southwestern part of the island’s air defence identification zone. Photo: EPA-EFE

Why Chinese military flights towards Taiwan prefer southwestern zone

  • There is a strategic objective to the PLA flight paths but the needs of commercial airliners may also have a part to play
  • Most of the record number of sorties head towards the southwest of the island’s air defence identification zone

Most of the PLA’s more than 450 sorties towards Taiwan since January have concentrated on the southwestern part of the island’s air defence identification zone. Photo: EPA-EFE
Most of the PLA’s more than 450 sorties towards Taiwan since January have concentrated on the southwestern part of the island’s air defence identification zone. Photo: EPA-EFE
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