Taiwanese fighter intercepts PLAAF bomber in ADIZ Photo Credit: Dr. Ernest Gunasekara-Rockwell

Taiwan Incursion Updates

September, 2022

Total Air and Missile Incursions

  • Total missiles landing in Taiwan Strait or surrounding Taiwan waters – 61
  • Total air incursions into the ADIZ 2022 – 1,091
  • Total air incursions into the ADIZ 2021 – 969
  • Total air incursions into the ADIZ 2020 – 380

November 16, 2022

  • Fox News: Several Chinese aircraft and naval vessels entered the Taiwan Strait, crossing into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone, its government announced early Wednesday morning. “5 of the detected aircraft (J-10*2, Y-8 EW, BZK-005 UAV RECCE and Y-8 ASW) had crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered Taiwan’s SW ADIZ”.

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November 7, 2022

  • Albawaba News: A total of 15 People’s Liberation Army warplanes and two drones crossed the median line, it said, adding that four other aircraft flew on the eastern part of the air defense identification zone.

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October 6, 2022

  • CNN: Chinese fighter jets or drones that intrude into Taiwan’s territorial airspace will be regarded as a “first strike,” Taiwan’s Defense Minister warned Wednesday, as the island seeks to step-up its defenses in response to Beijing’s military pressure. “In the past, we said we won’t be the first to strike, which meant we will not fire the first shot without (China) firing artillery shells or missiles first,” Chiu Kuo-cheng said. “But now the definition has obviously changed, as China used means such as drones. So we have adjusted, and will view any crossing of aerial entities (into Taiwan’s territorial airspace) as a first strike,” Chiu said during a meeting of the Legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee.

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October 5, 2022

  • Channel News Asia: China has destroyed a tacit agreement on military movements in the Taiwan Strait by crossing an unofficial “median line” running down the waterway, Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Wednesday (Oct 5). While acknowledging the end of the tacit understanding on the median line, Chiu told Taiwan’s parliament Taiwan would react if China crossed its “red line”.

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October 2, 2022

  • Republic World: According to the statement released by the Taiwanese Ministry, a total of eight aircraft crossed the “median line” of the Taiwan Strait, which is considered an unofficial maritime border between the island and mainland China. The ministry confirmed that these aircraft included two J-11 and two J-16 fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles BZK-005 and CH-4, as well as Y-8 and Y-9 electronic-warfare aircraft.

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September 24, 2022

  • Taiwan News: One unmanned drone and two planes entered the southwest sector of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ). The drone was a Harbin BZK-005, while the two planes were a Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft and a Shaanxi Y-8 reconnaissance plane.

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September 12, 2022

  • Taipei Times: Two Shenyang J-11 fighters crossed the median line near northern Taiwan, while a KVD-001 drone crossed the line further north, it said. Separately on Sunday, a Y-8 tactical reconnaissance plane and a Guizhou BZK-007 drone entered the southwestern part of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), it added.

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  • Taiwan News: The Ministry of National Defense (MND) tracked eight Chinese military aircraft and five naval ships around Taiwan as of 5 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 11). Of the eight People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft, three crossed the median line in the Taiwan Strait, including two Shenyang J-11 fighter jets and one KVD-001 reconnaissance drone in the northeast sector of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), according to the MND. Meanwhile, one Shaanxi Y-8 reconnaissance plane and one BZK-007 reconnaissance drone were spotted in the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ.

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September 8, 2022

  • EurAsia Times: Taiwan’s defense ministry said that 45 PLA aircraft flew around Taiwan. 25 of the detected aircraft (TB-001, SU-30*12, J-10*2, J-16*4, JH-7*4, J-11 and Y-9 CC) had flown on the east part of the median line of the Taiwan Strait and our SW ADIZ.

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September 5, 2022

  • News Week: At least nine People’s Liberation Army aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on that day, the Taiwanese defense ministry said. They included two J-11 fighter aircraft, four H-6 nuclear-capable heavy bombers, two Y-8 support aircraft and an unmanned aerial vehicle

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  • EurAsia Times: The military revealed the model and the drone’s flight path for the first time, claiming that another PLA drone, identified as a BZK-007, had infiltrated Taiwan’s southwest air defense identification zone.

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August 16, 2022

  • India Today: A day after China said that it had carried out exercises near Taiwan, on August 16, Taiwan’s defence ministry said that People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft and military movements were recorded in its region. Detailing the latest alleged Chinese encroachment, Taiwan’s defence ministry shared graphics of the location of Chinese intruders and said that out of 17 PLA aircraft and five PLA vessels, 10 had flown past the ‘east part of Taiwan strait’.

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August 7, 2022

  • The NY Times: The aircraft have included at least 105 fighter jets and other types of warplanes. While Taiwan has reported similar incursions into this Air Defense Identification Zone since at least 2020, the number of sorties detected in recent days has been unprecedented.

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August 4, 2022

  • CNN: China fired multiple missiles toward waters near northeastern and southwestern Taiwan on Thursday, the island’s Defense Ministry said, as Beijing makes good on its promise that Taipei will pay a price for hosting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Chinese military’s Eastern Theater Command said in a statement that multiple missiles had been fired into the sea off the eastern part of Taiwan. It said all the missiles hit their target accurately.

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August 1, 2022

  • Defense View: US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, to visit Taiwan could spark one of the most perilous moments in cross-strait relations for decades, analysts have warned. Recetly Chinese govt and media warned both Taiwan and the USA regard the visit of Pelosi to Taiwan and said China may take military action if she visits Taiwan. The PLA Army decided to use PHL-16 heavy multiple launch rocket systems for strikes in the Taiwan Strait. The latter is a close analogue of the American Himars systems, however, it carries heavy 370-mm guided missiles capable of hitting targets at distances up to 220 kilometers, and according to some sources, up to 350 kilometers.

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  • India Today: According to Taiwan’s defence ministry on Monday, four Chinese military planes flew into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) in the southwest part. Four J-16 fighter planes made up the Chinese aircraft. 

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July 15, 2022

  • India Today: Total 10 PLA aircraft comprising Y-8 ASW, Z-9 ASW, J-11, H-6, J-16, JH-7 and Y-8 EW entered Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on July 15, registering the largest single-day intrusion in July.

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July 1, 2022

  • 553 sorties flew into Taiwan’s ADIZ over the first six months of 2022.

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June 21, 2022

  • The Defense Post: 29 Chinese aircraft, including 17 fighter jets and six bombers, crossed into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), Taipei’s defense ministry said.

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May 30, 2022

  • The Defense Post: China has made the second-largest incursion into Taiwan’s air defense zone this year with Taipei reporting 30 jets entering the area, including more than 20 fighters.

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May 6, 2022

  • Al Jazeera: China sent 18 warplanes, including fighters and bombers, into Taiwan’s air defence zone, prompting the island’s air force to scramble jets in response to the second-largest incursion so far this year.

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March 14, 2022

  • Breitbart: China ordered 13 aircraft into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ). Y-8 long-distance dry aircraft 1 sortie (One Y-8 EW), J-16 aircraft 5 sorties (Five J-16), J-10 aircraft 7 sorties (Seven J-10).

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February 24, 2022

  • CNN: 8 Chinese J-16 fighters and 1 Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft, which flew over an area to the northeast of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands at the top end of the South China Sea.

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March 1, 2022

  • The Diplomat: According to data from Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND), the last recorded sortie by a KQ-200 ASW-MPA into Taiwan’s ADIZ occurred on March 1, 2022 as part of an incursion that also included a KJ-500 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, a Y-8 electronic warfare (EW) aircraft, two J-16 fighter jets, and a Z-9 ASW helicopter.

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January 23, 2022

  • RAND Corp: 39 advanced air assets including fighter jets, nuclear-capable bombers and surveillance and transport aircraft crossed Taiwan’s ADIZ.

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October 4, 2021

  • Nikkei Asia: Taiwan’s defense ministry announced on Monday that a daily record of 56 Chinese warplanes, including 12 nuclear-capable bombers, had entered the southwest corner of its ADIZ. 

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October 3, 2021

  • American Military News: On Sunday, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) sent 16 warplanes into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), continuing a trend of daily military flights around Taiwan that has continued for months but which seen a recent uptick in intensity in recent days. The latest breach of Taiwan’s ADIZ saw 12 Chinese J-16 and Su-30 fighter jets, two Y-8 antisubmarine warfare (ASW) aircraft and two KJ-500.

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October 2, 2021

  • CNN: China sent 38 warplanes into the skies around Taiwan on Friday, the highest number of Chinese military aircraft to breach the island’s Air Defense Identification Zone in a single day since Taipei began publicly reporting such activities last year. Twenty-five PLA warplanes entered the southwestern corner of the ADIZ during daylight hours, and another 13 planes entered the island’s southwest ADIZ on Friday night, the ministry said in a statement.

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October 1, 2021

  • CNN: China sent 38 warplanes into the skies around Taiwan on Friday, the highest number of Chinese military aircraft to breach the island’s Air Defense Identification Zone in a single day since Taipei began publicly reporting such activities last year. 18 J-16 fighters, four Su-30 fighters, two H-6 bombers and one Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft, 10 J-16s, two H-6s and one KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft.

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July 16, 2021

  • CNN: Twenty-eight Chinese military planes flew into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) Tuesday – the largest incursion since the self-ruled island began regularly reporting such actions last year. The latest Chinese mission involved 14 J-16 and six J-11 fighters, as well as four H-6 bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, and the anti-submarine, electronic warfare and early warning aircraft.

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July 1, 2021

  • 352 sorties flew into Taiwan’s ADIZ over the first six months of 2021.

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April 12, 2021

  • CNN: The 25 planes dispatched by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) forces included 14 J-16 fighter jets, four J-10 fighter jets, four H-6K bombers, two anti-submarine warfare planes and an airborne early warning and control plane.

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March 26, 2021

  • Al Jazeera: Twenty Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Friday, in the largest incursion reported by the island’s defence ministry. Taiwan said it was made up of four nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and 10 J-16 fighter jets, among others.

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January 24, 2021

  • BBC: Taiwan has reported a “large incursion” by Chinese warplanes for the second day running, a show of force that coincides with the first days of US President Joe Biden’s term of office. Sunday’s operation involved 15 aircraft and followed a similar drill that led to a warning from Washington.

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September 25, 2020

  • South China Morning Post: Taiwan has test-fired missiles off its eastern and southern coasts following military manoeuvres staged by Beijing near the self-ruled island in recent days. The Thursday night test was part of a two-day programme by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology to examine the power of missiles launched from the eastern county of Taitung and the Jiupeng military base in the island’s southernmost county of Pingtung. Another test is expected to be held on Friday night, according to the Taiwan Fisheries Agency, which warned fishermen to avoid the area.

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September 18, 2020

  • The New York Times: China has fired a barrage of medium-range missiles across considerable distances into the South China Sea, Beijing’s latest move to demonstrate its strategic dominance and sovereignty over the disputed waters. The missile launches on Wednesday punctuated a series of military exercises that China has conducted this month at a time of rising tensions with the United States over its territorial claims in the South China Sea and its attempts to pressure Taiwan, the self-governing island democracy that Beijing claims as its own.

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August 26, 2020

  • The Diplomat: In August, China launched several anti-ship ballistic missiles into the South China Sea. Now sources close to the Chinese military claim that the missiles did not simply fall into the sea but successfully hit a moving target ship. The South China Morning Post (SCMP) first reported that DF-21D and DF-26B anti-ship ballistic missiles were launched from separate sites on August 26 and travelled thousands of kilometers before splashing down in the South China Sea somewhere between the Paracel Islands and Hainan Island.

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