Two Chinese Shaanxi Y-8 aircrafts flew close to Taiwan on Sunday Photograph: (Others)
Taiwan's defense ministry said it was 'prepared for any contingency'
Two Chinese military surveillance aircrafts flew close to Taiwan's air defense identification zone(ADIZ) on Sunday, Taiwan's defense ministry said.
Two Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Shaanxi Y-8 aircraft flew northeast through the Bashi Channel to the south and later flew over the Miyako Strait, accompanied by two Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets, Taiwan's defense ministry said in a statement.
China is yet to confirm the military drills. The Chinese military has in recent weeks stepped up drills around Taiwan which it views as a renegade province. A few weeks ago Taiwan had scrambled fighter jets as Chinese bombers and a Y-8 aircraft flew close to Taiwan's coast although it remained in international airspace.
This is the third time this month that Chinese military planes were detected near Taiwan, the Defense ministry said.
"Our military has monitored the movements of the Chinese aircraft from the beginning to the end and were prepared for any contingency based on our rules of engagement," Taiwan's defense ministry said.