China sends 38 warplanes sent towards Taiwan on National Day
China sent 38 warplanes toward self-ruled Taiwan in the largest display of force this year on China’s National Day. The defence ministry said the planes, including nuclear-capable bombers, entered the area in two waves. Taiwan responded by scrambling its jets and deploying missile systems.
China has sent planes toward the island it claims as part of its territory on a near daily basis in the last couple of years, stepping up military harassment with drills.
The incursions did not violate Taiwan’s sovereign airspace, which extends 12 nautical miles from its coast. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration defines an ADIZ as “a designated area of airspace over land or water within which a country requires the immediate and positive identification, location and air traffic control of aircraft in the interest of the country’s national security.”
Taiwan and mainland China have been governed separately since the end of a civil war more than seven decades ago, in which the defeated Nationalists fled to Taipei.