China considers Taiwan a breakaway province.
6. Sep 2021 at 10:38 TASR
CHINA-PEJ. Taiwan announced that 19 Chinese fighter jets broke into its air defense identification zone on Sunday. The BBC reported on Monday on its website.
The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense said that 19 aircraft, including fighters, had entered the area.
According to the ministry, Taiwan has put into operation its air defense systems and combat aircraft in order to warn Chinese machines. China has not yet officially commented on the incident.
For more than a year, Taipei has been drawing attention to China’s maneuvers in the waters and airspace around Taiwan, the BBC said. In June, Beijing sent 28 military aircraft to Taiwan’s air defense identification zone. This was the most extensive such violation reported by Taiwan.
China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that will one day be reunited with the mainland, despite the fact that this democratic island has had its own government since 1949.
The air defense identification zone is an area outside the territory and airspace of countries. However, as part of national security, they recognize, monitor and control foreign aircraft in the zone, the BBC explains. Technically, however, it is an international airspace.