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China enters Taiwan air defense zone a day after island’s military budget boost


During a military drill on July 16, 2020, AH-64 Apache fired at simulated targets during the 36th Han Kuang drills on the west of seashore in Taichung city, testing the ability of the force to repel invasion in the face of Chinas rising threat.

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Taiwan’s air force scrambled on Friday to warn away 10 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense zone, Taiwan’s defense ministry said, the day after the island announced a $9 billion boost to military spending to counter the threat from China.

For more than a year, Chinese-claimed Taiwan have complained about repeated Chinese air attacks on the island. Often in the southwest part of the air defense zone near Taiwan’s Pratas Islands, the Chinese air force has been making frequent visits to Taiwan.

According to the Taiwan ministry, 6 J-16 fighters and 2 J-11 fighters were involved in this latest Chinese operation. They also included one anti-submarine aircraft and one reconnaissance plane.

The ministry stated that Taiwan deployed combat aircraft to alert the Chinese planes, and missile systems were used to track them.

According to a ministry map, the Chinese fighters flew near the Pratas while reconnaissance and anti-submarine aircraft flew into Bashi Channel, which separates Taiwan from Philippines.

In drills and patrols designed to increase the combined combat capabilities of China’s military, warships, aircraft, and bombers were sent out on Friday, according to a statement issued by China’s Eastern Theater Command.

‘Severe threat’