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Taiwan Air Force operating normally in zone overlapping with China
Central News Agency
2013-12-02 08:58 PM
Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) Taiwan's Air Force patrols in its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) have not been impacted by China's demarcation of an ADIZ that partially overlaps Taiwan's, Defense Minister Yen Ming said Monday. The Air Force has sent nearly 30 patrol flights through the overlapping area in the past week, Yen told Lin Yu-fang, a legislator with the ruling Kuomintang, at a hearing of the Legislative Yuan's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee. The Air Force will continue conducting training missions in the area as it has been doing, according to Yen, despite China's Nov. 23 unilateral announcement of a far-reaching ADIZ in the East China Sea. However when Lin suggested that Taiwan increase patrols and even hold bombing exercises to demonstrate a determination to safeguard Taiwan's territory, Yen said that the Air Force would avoid taking actions in the area that could be seen as raising tensions. Also at the hearing, Mainland Affairs Council deputy head Chang Hsien-yao said his organization has expressed "discontent" to Beijing through the relevant communication channels. Other high-ranking officials at the hearing came from foreign affairs and transportation ministries and the National Security Bureau to offer assessments of the impact of China's move. China's ADIZ claim covers a wide swath of the East China Sea, including the Diaoyutai Islands, which are also claimed by Taiwan and administered by Japan. Beijing has demanded all aircraft passing through the zone must notify it of flight plans. (By Elaine Hou)
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