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Chinese Aircraft Skirt Taiwan in Second Show of Force This Week

  • 11 Chinese military planes enter Taiwan’s air defense zone
  • Incursions come after U.S. destroyer transited Taiwan Strait

The Chinese air force sent a fleet of aircraft close to Taiwan for the second time this week in the latest sign of military intimidation against the separately ruled island.

Eleven People’s Liberation Army planes flew into Taiwan’s southwest air defense identification zone Friday, according to a statement from Taipei’s Ministry of National Defense. The fleet included J-10 and J-16 fighter jets, electronic warfare and anti-submarine planes. Taiwan’s air force responded by sending patrol aircraft to the area and monitoring the Chinese planes with its air defense missile systems.