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MAC urges China to refrain from escalating cross-strait tensions
Central News Agency
2014-08-27 11:39 PM
Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) Taiwan urged China to refrain from doing anything that could increase the risk of conflict across the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, two days after Taiwan scrambled fighter jets to monitor Chinese aircraft intruding into its air defense identification zone (ADIZ). Defense authorities disclosed Tuesday that Chinese surveillance aircraft intruded into Taiwan's ADIZ four times on the day before and were intercepted by Taiwanese fighters each time to escort them out of the zone. Maintaining peace across the strait and in the region is a common duty of Taiwan and China, said the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the Cabinet agency in charge of China affairs. MAC called on China not to take any steps that might escalate tension across the strait and affect the hard-built mutual trust between the two sides. On all four occasions, a single Y-8 electronic surveillance plane flew through the southwestern corner of Taiwan's ADIZ, and its position was precisely identified by Taiwan's Air Force, said Maj. Gen. Hsiung Hou-chi, chief of staff of the ROC Air Force Combat Command. Two of the intrusions occurred in the morning on one sortie when a Y-8 aircraft flew through the zone as it headed toward the Philippines and then flew back through the zone as it headed home to the Chinese mainland, Hsiung said. The pattern then repeated itself in the afternoon with a different plane than was used in the morning. Each intrusion lasted about 10 minutes, and they all occurred at altitudes of about 22,000 feet, he said. The ADIZ is an indication of national sovereignty, and Taiwan's military has an obligation to deal with any contingency involving the intrusion of foreign aircraft, he said. (By Yin Chun-chieh and S.C. Chang)
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