The Taiwanese Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) Has Been Massively Trespassed by the Chinese Air Force (PLAAF) Over the Past Week

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The Taiwanese Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is the black-lined rectangle with the cut corner around the island of Taiwan. the colored lines indicate Chinese intrusion paths. For the latest from the Taiwanese MOND click here.

China encroaches Taiwanese airspace: Record-breaking numbers of Chinese military planes probed Taiwan’s protected airspace over this weekend, prompting Taiwanese fighter jets to scramble and reinvigorating fears that China could ultimately use force to take possession of the island. The myriad of Chinese jets penetrated Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ)

The Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is an area of airspace over land or water, in which the ready identification, location, and control of all aircraft (except Department of Defense and law enforcement aircraft) is required in the interest of national security.

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The above image illustrating where the ADIZ is off the Houston coastline includes the FAA’s definition verbatim. This is an area where you don’t want to fly into unauthorized under any circumstances. If you have a legitimate reason to be intercepted by military aircraft (of the F-16 variety) and possibly shot down, fly into your local ADIZ boundary. If Russia, or China, or any other country wanted to put the United States on an emergent war footing, all they would have to do is encroach our ADIZ with military aircraft (one might do considering Russia has a single bomb that would level the largest city in the United States).

I wanted to convey just how serious the massive and unprecedented recent Chinese incursion into Taiwan’s ADIZ truly is. From some perspectives, this could be the beginnings of an act of war, if not instigation of the highest level. Below are some of the Chinese players:

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The Shenyang J-16 is a Chinese tandem-seat, twinjet, multirole strike fighter developed from the Shenyang J-11 (itself derived from the Sukhoi Su-27).  Image: Taiwan Ministry of National Defense
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People’s Liberation Army Air Force had 73 Su-30MKK fighters in service in 2010.  Image: Taiwan Ministry of National Defense
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Shaanxi Y-8 or Yunshuji-8 (copy of the Russian An-12) electronic surveillance aircraft. Image: Taiwan Ministry of National Defense
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A Chinese H-6 bomber (undated). The ministry said Xian H-6 bombers (copy of the Russian Tu-16 bomber) were among the planes that China flew near the island on October 1. Image: Taiwan Ministry of National Defense

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