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Taiwan says China patrol aircraft entered its airspace

Published on Aug 26, 2014 3:23 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's air force scrambled fighter jets to track two Chinese Y-8 maritime patrol aircraft which intruded into the island's airspace, a senior air force officer said on Tuesday.

One plane entered Taiwan's ADIZ (air defence identification zone) at 8:33am on Monday and another at 2:31 pm, en route to a disputed area in the South China Sea.

The planes had taken off from the mainland's southeastern province of Guangdong. Taiwan scrambled Mirage 2000-5s and Indigenous Defence Fighters.

"We followed them closely to make sure they left our ADIZ," Air Force Major General Hsiung Hou-chi told reporters, declining to say how many fighters were mobilised in the two missions.

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