Taiwan says its air force warned Chinese aircraft in air defence zone
Taipei, Taiwan: Taiwan's Defence Ministry has said its air force scrambled to warn away nine Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense identification zone on Thursday, media reports said on Friday.
The incident happened on the same day when Russia invaded Ukraine.
China claims Taiwan to be its own territory.
The number of aircraft involved was well off the last large-scale incursion, 39 Chinese aircraft on Jan 23, and since then, such fly-bys have been sporadic with far fewer aircraft, reports CNN.
The ministry said the latest mission involved eight Chinese J-16 fighters and one Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft, which flew over an area to the northeast of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands at the top end of the South China Sea, the American news channel reported.