Chinese fighters breach Taiwan defense zone for 4 consecutive days
TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan said a Chinese fighter jet entered its defense zone on Friday, June 19, the fourth incursion in as many days as Beijing's warplanes buzz the island with an unprecedented frequency.
The defense ministry said at least one J-10 fighter flew into Taiwan's southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ), prompting Taipei to scramble its own jets.
"The Chinese communist aircraft left our ADIZ after we broadcast warnings to leave," the ministry said in a statement.
The ADIZ stretches beyond Taiwan's airspace and is used to give an early warning of possible incursions. China maintains a similar air defense zone.
Breaches used to be rare, but in the last two weeks, 6 incursions by Chinese jets have been made public by Taiwan.
The sudden uptick came after a US military plane flew through Taiwanese airspace with permission.
It has ramped up military, economic, and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, who refuses to acknowledge that the island is part of "one China."
The pressure has done little to dent Tsai's popularity and she won a landslide second term in January. – Rappler.com