China sends 30 warplanes to Taiwan defense zone, says Taipei

(CNN) — Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense reported that 30 Chinese warplanes made incursions into its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, the highest daily number in more than four months.

Six J-16 fighters, eight J-11 fighters, four J-10 fighters, two SU-35 fighters, two SU-30 fighters, six Y-8 transport aircraft, and two KJ-500 reconnaissance and early warning aircraft were part of the raid, the Defense Ministry said in a press release.

In response, the Taiwanese military issued radio warnings and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor activities, the ministry added.

Monday’s Chinese raid on Taiwan’s ADIZ was the second largest in number of warplanes since the start of 2022. The largest in recorded history was on October 4 last year, when 77 chinese military aircraft they entered the area the same day.

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