The Ministry of National Defense (MND) tracked 57 Chinese military aircraft and four naval vessels around Taiwan between 6 a.m. on Sunday (Jan. 8) and 6 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 9).
Report informs via Taiwan News that of the 57 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft, 28 were tracked in Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), according to the MND. Of those 28, six Shenyang J-11 fighter jets, two Sukhoi Su-30 fighter planes, two Chengdu J-10 jet fighters, two Harbin BZK-005 reconnaissance drones were monitored crossing the Taiwan Strait median line.
Meanwhile, 12 Shenyang J-16 fighter jets either crossed the median line or were tracked in the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ. One KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft was also spotted in the southwest corner of the identification zone.
In addition, two Xian H-6 bombers and one Harbin BZK-005 reconnaissance drone flew along the south in the southwest and southeast sectors of the ADIZ.
In response, Taiwan sent aircraft, naval ships, and used land-based missiles to monitor the PLA aircraft and vessels.
So far this month, Beijing has sent 157 military aircraft and 30 naval ships around Taiwan.