Taiwan scrambles fighters as Chinese bombers, J-16, J-10, J-11 fighters enter Taiwan ADIZ

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Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) reported that it issued radio warnings, deployed fighters and air defense system to monitor Chinese bombers and fighters that crossed Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on September 18.

“Sep. 18, two H-6 bombers, eight J-16 fighters, four J-10 fighters and four J-11 fighters crossed the midline of the #TaiwanStrait and entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ,” Taiwan’s MND said in a tweet.

“#ROCAF scrambled fighters, and deployed air defense missile system to monitor the activities,” it added. “MND asks #PRC to exercise restraint and refrain from escalating tensions across the #TaiwanStraits. PLA’s #military intimidation is deplorable and has caused resentment amongst people in #Taiwan. We call on PRC cherish #peace and maintain regional #stability.”

United States Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach is in Taiwan to attend a memorial service for former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui.

“We sent the delegation to a funeral and the Chinese have apparently responded by military blustering. I’ll leave it at that,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.