Chinese, Russian Warplanes Buzz Korea's Air Defense Zone Again

  • By Roh Suk-jo

    June 07, 2023 11:15

    Chinese and Russian warplanes buzzed Korea's air defense identification zone on Tuesday without prior notice.
    The Korean military scrambled fighter jets, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
    It was the first time since last November that Chinese and Russian warplanes entered the KADIZ together in what seems to be a show of bravado.
    According to the JCS, four Chinese and four Russian warplanes flew into the zone over the South Sea and East Sea for from 11:52 a.m. to 1:49 p.m. Tuesday.
    "We identified them and had been tracking their flight even before they intruded into the KADIZ," the JCS said. "The military scrambled fighter jets in case of an accident." 
    A country's air defense identification zone is not territorial airspace but requires overflying planes to identify themselves as a courtesy to the country that claims it. The zones of many countries overlap.
    China and Russia have increased the frequency of their intrusion into the KADIZ without identifying themselves during joint maneuvers. They repeatedly entered the zone over the South Sea and the East Sea in May and November last year. In January this year, China alone sent two warplanes into the KADIZ southwest of Ieo Islet near Jeju Island.
    Earlier on Tuesday, the Chinese Defense Ministry said, "China and Russia conducted a joint air patrol on Tuesday over the [East Sea] and East China Sea for a sixth time in accordance with the two militaries' annual cooperation plan."  
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