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Taiwan Braces for More Chinese Warplane Flybys in 2022 After Patrols Double

  • PLA planes made about 950 flights, up from more than 380
  • Big events on political calendar on both sides of strait
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Taiwan is bracing for more Chinese military patrols in 2022, after People’s Liberation Army incursions more than doubled this year, fueling concern about a clash between the region’s big powers.

Chinese warplanes have made some 950 forays into Taiwan’s air-defense identification zone since January, according to Bloomberg-compiled data from the Ministry of National Defense in Taipei. That compares with about 380 sorties the prior year, when the ministry began releasing the data amid a sharp rise in such flights.