Japan and Taiwan Intercept Chinese Bombers

On Thursday, 10 Chinese military aircraft, including H-6K bombers flew between Japan’s Miyako Island and Okinawa Island in the Miyako Strait, sparking a response from the Japanese Defense Ministry, which considered the incident rare.

While the ministry noted there was no violation of Japan’s sovereign air space, the proximity of the bombers prompted Japan to scramble its fighters.

Same activity happens on Taiwan on the same day, two Chinese bombers entered Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone on the island’s east side but were intercepted by Taiwanese Air Force Fighter jets.

According to Taiwanese Defense Ministry, the bombers crossed just outside its air defense identification zone but emphasized that it had “closely followed” them as they passed.

Neighboring countries are often disturbed by China’s expansive territorial claims and its compliance to project its military superiority throughout the region.