Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force

Twenty-five Chinese air force aircraft entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone

  
Chinese and Taiwanese national flags are displayed alongside military airplanes in this illustration taken April 9, 2021. REUTERS

Chinese and Taiwanese national flags are displayed alongside military airplanes in this illustration taken April 9, 2021. REUTERS

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TAIPEI - Twenty-five Chinese air force aircraft entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, including 18 fighter jets and four bombers, the island's defence ministry said.

That was the largest daily incursion since Taiwan's defence ministry started to report Chinese Air Force activities in Taiwan's ADIZ last year.

Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained over the last few months of repeated missions by China's air force near the island, concentrated in the southwestern part of its air defence zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

(Reporting by Meg Shen and Yimou Lee; Editing by Hugh Lawson) ((meg.shen@thomsonreuters.com; 852-39525805;))

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