Chinese Spy Jet Enters Korea's Air Identification Zone Again

  • By Yu Yong-weon

    October 30, 2018 10:36

    A Chinese military reconnaissance jet flew into Korea's air defense identification zone again without warning on Monday.

    It flew from an area near Jeju Island at around 10:00 a.m. and stayed for about five hours before turning back at about 3:00 p.m., according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    This was the sixth time this year Chinese military aircraft intruded into the KADIZ.

    The Korean Air Force scrambled about a dozen F-15K fighter jets and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force also mobilized several fighter jets right after the Chinese spy plane came into the KADIZ.

    Air defense identification zones are not territorial airspace but require incoming planes to identify themselves to the county that claims them. International practice is for foreign military and civilian aircraft to seek permission from military authorities of relevant countries 24 hours before entering such zones.

    Military authorities here complained that it has become almost routine for China to violate the KADIZ, apparently in an attempt to gather military intelligence and check how the Korean and Japanese air forces respond.

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