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Chinese Spy Planes in Taiwanese Airspace

Taiwanese fighter jets have tracked Chinese spy planes several times this week as they crossed into Taiwan’s airspace. The FT reports:

The Taiwanese military dispatched fighters twice on Monday when Chinese Y-8 spy aircraft entered its air defence identification zone, an early-warning area known as an ADIZ. China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province, dismissed the issue by saying its aircraft were on “routine” flights. […]

Taiwan’s defence ministry said the Chinese aircraft spent roughly 10 minutes in the ADIZ before exiting the area. A Taiwanese military spokesman said Chinese military aircraft had previously flown into Taiwan’s ADIZ but that it was not a common occurrence.

This is only the latest in what is becoming a pattern of Chinese aggression in the sky; China has had several tense airborne incidents with Japan in the past year, and only recently conducted a “dangerous intercept” of an American spy plane in international airspace near Hainan Island.

There is one slight upside to China flexing its muscles, however. Its rivals, from Japan and India to Australia and Indonesia, will draw closer together, and closer to the U.S. as well.

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