South Korean and Japanese military authorities reported today that several Chinese and Russian aircraft entered their respective Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) without notification, forcing the preventive deployment of fighter jets.
These movements, which in no case involved intrusions into South Korean and Japanese airspace, have been repeated in the area by Russian and Chinese aircraft.
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The ADIZ it is a perimeter that determines if the Air Force should be deployed when foreign aircraft enter it without prior notification.
The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) detailed in a statement that, in total, two Chinese bombers and six Russian aircraft penetrated different strips of the national ADIZ at various times today.
First, two Chinese H-6 bombers made two sortiesthe first of them around 5.48 local time (20.48 GMT on Tuesday) about 126 kilometers from the Socotra rock, a submerged rock halfway between the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea whose sovereignty is claimed by both Seoul and Beijing, which which causes their respective ADIZ to overlap in that area.
In any case, The two H-6s re-entered the South Korean ADIZ at 06:44 (21:44 GMT on Tuesday) by “northeast of Pohang”, coastal city about 275 kilometers southeast of Seoul, and stayed in the area for about 15 minutes.
Finally, the pair of Chinese bombers and six Russian aircraft (four Tupolev T-95 bombers and two Sukhoi S-35 fighters) re-entered the eastern strip of the South Korean ADIZ, about 200 kilometers northeast of Ulleung Island (200 kilometers northeast of Pohang) around 12:18 p.m. (3:18 GMT) and remained in the area for just under 20 minutes.
For its part, the Japanese Ministry of Defense detailed that two Chinese H-6 bombers flew over the Tsushima Strait, southwest of the Japanese archipelago, coming from the East China Sea, and approached Japanese airspace in the Sea of Japan this Friday. before heading north.
The two aircraft that Tokyo considers Russian followed a similar trajectory, according to the Japanese authorities, who added that they are trying to clarify the reason for these maneuvers near their territory.
The Japanese Executive has been denouncing in recent months an intensification of Chinese naval and air maneuvers around its territory, which have been joined on some occasions by Russian ships and aircraft.
On May 24, a similar incident occurred, in which six Chinese and Russian strategic bombers carried out joint maneuvers in the vicinity of the airspace of Japan and South Korea, to which Tokyo and Seoul also responded by mobilizing their fighters. .