Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Chinese warplanes infringe on KADIZ

Chinese warplanes infringe on KADIZ

"Our military confirmed that they are military planes of China through the Air Force's Master Control and Reporting Center", it added.

China has in recent months ramped up its long-range air force drills, particularly around Taiwan, claimed by China as its own.

The Chinese warplanes flew into South Korea's air defense identification zone over the space of three and a half hours on Monday, according to South Korea's Defense Ministry.

The air force said in a statement that fighter and bomber aircraft flew through the Tsushima Strait that separates South Korea from Japan and into global waters in the Sea of Japan.

Fighter and bomber aircraft flew through the Tsushima Strait between South Korea and Japan into the worldwide waters of the Sea of Japan, Chinese Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke said, emphasizing that the drills were routine and lawful.

The Chinese planes included two bombers, two fighter jets and a reconnaissance plane, a JCS official told reporters.

The KADIZ near Ieo Island overlaps the air defense zones unilaterally designated by China and Japan.

The official said the Chinese planes entered the South Korean air defense zone again before returning to China.

'This is a regular annual training arrangement of China's air force that accords with the relevant worldwide laws and practices and it isn't aimed at any particular state, region and target, ' air force spokesman Shen Jinke said in a statement.

China's air force last week conducted "island encirclement patrols" near Taiwan, after a senior Chinese diplomat threatened that China would invade the self-ruled island if any USA warships made port visits there.

The mainland China authorities think that the president of Taiwan and head of the Democratic Progressive Party, Tsai Ing-wen, may call for a referendum on the island's formal independence next year.

This year alone, the USA has repeatedly sent powerful strategic bombers over the peninsula to deter North Korea amid Pyongyang's rogue development of nuclear weapons.

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