China flies nuclear-capable bombers, fighter jets over Taiwanese waters
23 January 2021
Eight Chinese bomber planes and four fighter jets have entered the south-western corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone, leading Taiwan’s air force to deploy missiles to “monitor” the incursion.
China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has conducted almost daily flights over the waters between the southern part of Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea in recent months.
However they have generally consisted of just one or two reconnaissance aircraft.
The presence of so many Chinese combat aircraft on Saturday’s mission — Taiwan said it was made up of eight nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and four J-16 fighter jets — is unusual.