Taiwan’s Defense Ministry announced that China had just sent 11 fighter jets, including two bombers, into the island’s air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, on Wednesday, April 20.
These Chinese fighter jets are split into two groups.
The first is a group of 9 aircraft that entered Taiwan’s ADIZ from the southwest. These include 1 Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warfare plane, 1 Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft, and 7 Shenyang J-16 fighter jets.
Meanwhile, the second group, composed of 2 Xi’an H-6 strategic bombers, intruded into Taiwan’s ADIZ from the southeast.
Taiwan sent aircraft, issued radio warnings, and turned on air defense missile systems to monitor these Chinese jets upon spotting the intrusion.
Taiwan News noted that this marks the highest number of intrusions by aircraft that Beijing sent in April.
In a recent move last Friday, China held military drills near Taiwan when a group of high-ranking U.S. delegations visited the island.
On that day, China sent frigates, bombers, and fighter jets to the East China Sea and the area around the island.
In an official statement, China described the move as a countermeasure to the negative actions of the U.S., including the visit to the island by a group of U.S. senior lawmakers.