Taipei: China sent 39 warplanes, mostly fighter jets, into Taiwan’s air defence zone on Sunday. This was informed by the island’s government.
According to the government of Taiwan, the 39 Chinese warplanes included 24 J-16 fighters, 10 J-10 fighters and one nuclear-capable H-6 bomber.
This is the second-largest daily incursion on record. Earlier on October 4, 2021, China had sent 56 warplanes to Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ). This was the biggest single day incursion in the history.
The Taiwanese government informed that it scrambled its own aircraft to broadcast warnings and deployed air defence missile systems to track the Chinese warplanes.
It is to be noted here that Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by China. Beijing has ramped up pressure on Taiwan since 2016 after President Tsai Ing-wen decaled that the island is a sovereign nation and not part of “one China.