Chinese military reconnaissance and tactical aircraft circle Taiwan

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Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, Dec. 17 (CNA) Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) military reconnaissance and electronic warfare aircraft circled Taiwan Sunday, flying through the Bashi Channel, which separates Taiwan from the Philippines, and then through the Miyako Strait, between Japan's Miyako and Okinawa Islands, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).

According to a MND press release, National Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) took command at the joint operations command center and monitored naval and aerial intelligence on the PLA aircraft maneuvers.

While planes and ships were dispatched to safeguard Taiwan's sea and airspace, the MND reassured the people of Taiwan that the situation was under control, according to the MND.

The PLA aircraft may have been Shaanxi Y-8 tactical transport aircraft, based on the Soviet Antonov An-12, which the Xi'an Aviation Company reverse-engineered for local production.

According to, approximately 30 variants of the aircraft have been produced, including the Y-8G, airborne command post and electronic countermeasures aircraft; Y-8CA and Y-8CB electronic countermeasure aircraft and the Y-8T, command post and battlefield surveillance aircraft.

According a Liberty Times report, Japan's military identified three PLA aircraft, one reconnaissance and two electronic warfare tactical jamming aircraft, as having passed along the same route.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and William Yen)

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