Chinese warships entered Taiwan’s defense zone

The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chinese warships entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Saturday afternoon and left the next evening, according to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry.

The formation of warships, led by the Liaoning aircraft carrier, was en route to Hong Kong to attend a ceremony marking 20th anniversary of its handover to mainland China.

After entering Taiwan’s defense zone at about 4 p.m. on Saturday, it continued to sail southwest along the Taiwan Strait until exiting the ADIZ slightly later than expected at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to Taiwan’s government.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry had estimated that Chinese battle formation would leave at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The ministry said its aircraft and ships had monitored the naval formation throughout its time in Taiwan’s ADIZ.

Liang Yang (梁陽), a spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army Navy, said the battle formation comprised the Liaoning, guided-missile destroyers, missile frigates and a squadron of J-15 fighter jets and helicopters.

After arriving in Hong Kong, the officers and soldiers aboard the flotilla will attend events with locals and the People’s Liberation Army Garrison, and the warships will be open to the visits from the public, he said.