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China sends 29 fighter jets to Taiwan air defense zone

Taiwan said China sent 29 fighter jets to its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the third-largest incursion this year.

The island nation sent jets as Chinese bombers and fighter jets flew south of the island.

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Taiwan said Chinese aircraft included seventeen fighters and six H-6 bombers, including electronic warfare and anti-submarine aircraft.

Bombers, electronic warfare and an intelligence-gathering aircraft flew over the Bashi Channel and into the Pacific, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said.

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In January, China sent 39 jets and last month 30 Chinese fighter jets entered Taiwan’s air defense zone. In October last year, a record number of 56 Chinese fighter jets entered Taiwan’s ADIZ.

China views Taiwan as a breakaway province which it has threatened to unite by force if necessary. Last year, Taiwan has witnessed repeated Chinese incursions that Tsai Ing-wen’s government calls a “grey zone” war designed to wear down Taiwanese forces.

China’s latest move comes as it launches its third aircraft carrier, Fujian. China had previously conducted a military exercise around Taiwan amid ongoing tensions with Taipei.

(With agency contributions)

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