TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The year 2021 ended as it started, with China sending military planes to Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), forcing the Air Force to cancel the participation of its jet fighters in New Year’s events, according to reports on Friday (December 31).
Two Shenyang J-16 fighter jets and a Shaanxi Y-8 RECCE tactical reconnaissance aircraft entered the southwest sector of ADIZ, according to the Ministry of National Defense. The aircraft in charge of the army, issued radio warnings and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor Chinese planes, ANC reported.
The military recorded more than 940 similar incursions during the year, most in the same area between the main island of Taiwan and the disputed islands of Dongsha and Taiping in the South China Sea held by Taiwan.
In the past, local governments asked the Air Force to send jets at sunrise on New Year’s Day. This year, only the Hualien County government made such a request, but due to the Chinese incursions and because the Hualien air base was too busy modernizing its F-16 jets, no overflight would be possible on Saturday (January 1) morning. , ANC reported.