Taiwan drives Chinese warplanes from its airspace

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Taiwan's air force scrambled planes to warn off "multiple" Chinese fighter jets that had briefly entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone on June 9, the country's Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.

The Su-30 fighters, some of China's most advanced jets, were issued verbal warnings to leave and Taiwanese air force jets "took active responses to dispel" the intruders, the ministry said.

The Chinese incursion came hours after Taiwan's defense ministry announced the country's annual Han Kuang exercises, which had been postponed due to the coronavirus, will be conducted in July and September, Taiwan's Central News Agency reports.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Taiwan's air defense identification zone
2. Chinese Su-30 fighters driven from Taiwan's airspace by Taiwanese warplanes on June 9
3. U.S. C-40A Clipper transport plane passes near Taipei before heading south along Taiwan's coast on June 9
4. Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Russell passes through Taiwan Strait on June 8
5. Map showing range of China's short-range missile launchers and Taiwan's air bases
6. Depiction of Taiwan's military repulsing Chinese amphibious assault

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Hours after a U.S. transport plane made a rare flight over Taiwan, a group of Chinese warplanes entered Taiwanese airspace."

"Taiwan's air force scrambled planes to warn off 'multiple' Chinese fighter jets that had briefly entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone on June 9, the country's defence ministry said."

"The Su-30 fighters, some of China's most advanced jets, were issued verbal warnings to leave and Taiwanese air force jets 'took active responses to dispel' the intruders, the ministry said."

"The defense ministry confirmed that a U.S. C-40A transport plane had just hours before passed over Taiwan with permission near Taipei before heading south along the country's coast."

"The incidents occurred a day after the commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet confirmed that the guided-missile destroyer USS Russell had passed through the Taiwan Strait the previous week."

"This was the U.S. Navy's seventh such transit this year and second in two weeks."

"The Japan Times reports U.S. electronic warfare aircraft may have passed the strait 14 times in April alone."

"The Chinese incursion also came hours after Taiwan's defense ministry announced the country's annual Han Kuang exercises, which had been postponed due to the coronavirus, will be conducted in July and September."

"The annual exercises test the country's capabilities to ward off attack from China's People's Liberation Army."

SOURCES: Reuters, Stars and Stripes, Central News Agency (Taiwan), Japan Times
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-china-defence/taiwan-warns-off-chinese-fighters-which-approached-island-idUSKBN23G0G5
https://taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2020/06/10/2003737958
https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/navy-sends-another-guided-missile-destroyer-through-taiwan-strait-1.632855
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/05/14/asia-pacific/china-military-drill-taiwan/#.Xr3ndEYzY2w
https://focustaiwan.tw/politics/202006090009