Chinese Warplane Buzzes S.Korea's Air Defense Zone

  • By Yang Seung-sik

    October 30, 2019 12:57

    A Chinese military aircraft on Tuesday entered South Korea's air defense identification zone near the submerged rocks of Ieo south of Jeju Island without identifying itself.

    South Korean fighter jets were scrambled in response, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff here. The South Korean military asked China about its intentions through a military hotline.

    "A Chinese Y-9 surveillance aircraft entered the zone around 8:57 a.m. and came back again later," a military spokesman here said Tuesday. "It was apparently on its way to the Japanese ADIZ."

    The military had already been tracking the aircraft before it entered the zone and immediately called the hotline.

    Unusually, the Chinese responded, though the military here did not reveal what exact explanation they gave.

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