Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said that a Chinese military WZ-10 attack helicopter entered the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) around the island on May 10. It also crossed the median line- an informal line that divides the Taiwan Straits into the mainland side and Taiwan island side. This is also the latest new Chinese type to enter the ADIZ.

Meanwhile, two Ka-28 anti-submarine warfare helicopters also intruded into the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ.

This is the second time this year Chinese aircraft have crossed the median line. Back in January of this year, one out of five Chinese aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait median line for the first time.

Notably, Chinese military aircraft rarely cross the median line over the Taiwan Strait. In 2020, a squadron of J-10, J-11, and J-16 fighter jets crossed the median line. They approached Taiwan at the same time the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Keith Krach visited the island.

This year, the Chinese helicopter’s move took place on the same day the U.S. cruiser USS Port Royal passed through the Taiwan Strait. It also marked the first time a U.S. cruiser appeared in this area since early 2020.

The U.S. Navy said that this guided-missile cruiser – the USS Port Royal, had conducted a routine transit through international waters according to international law.

So far this month, China has sent 39 military aircraft into Taiwan’s ADIZ.

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