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Chinese military aircraft spotted again near Taiwan: MND

Chinese military aircraft spotted again near Taiwan: MND

The Chinese Air Force began regular high seas training in 2015 and has been performing constant air patrols over the East China Sea since 2013.

And, Beijing has made no bones about the nature of the exercises.

"The PLA Air Force recently conducted a combat air patrol in the South China Sea..."

Any Chinese moves in the South China Sea are generally viewed as sabre-rattling and intimidation.

China's air force has again flown bombers and other warplanes through two strategic channels near Taiwan and also over the disputed South China Sea during training drills, state media said on Thursday.

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Beijing is embroiled in a territorial dispute with Tokyo over the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands, which are known as the Diaoyus in China. It is one of the most significant bottlenecks for undersea cable networks for telephone and internet connectivity.

The Miyako Strait, which lies between the Japanese islands of Miyako and Okinawa, is part of Japan's exclusive economic zone but includes a narrow band of global waters and airspace and is close to Taiwan's ADIZ. The Miyako Strait is China's easiest channel to access Pacific trading and military routes.

Beijing has come under fire for building what a US admiral called a "great wall of sand" in the waters, including seven man-made islands in the Spratly chain, where it has fortified those outposts, constructing military-grade airfields and installing what it says is "defensive" weaponry.

According to a statement released by the ministry, there are 10 Chinese aircraft involved in the training mission, including models such as the Xian H-6 bomber, Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft, Tu-154MD electronic intelligence aircraft, Ilyushin IL-78 air-to-air refueling tanker aircraft and Su-30 fighter jet. The report did not specify the date, but said the H-6K bombers had taken off from an inland airport in northern China.

The combat patrols come at a time when countries around the Indo-Pacific region are scrambling to build a security understanding with each other, thanks exclusively due to the perceived threat of China's rising adventurism and expansionism.


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