Taiwan raised fighter jets as a group of Chinese aircraft approached.
Taiwan raised fighter jets to scare off Chinese aircraft entering its air defense identification zone.
Among these aircraft were bombers that flew south of the island, and then went to the Pacific Ocean. The incident was a new wave of tension and the largest invasion since the end of May.
Taiwan, which China considers part of its territory, has complained over the past two years or so about repeated Chinese air force operations near the democratically ruled island, often in the southwestern parts of its air defense identification zone, near the Taiwanese-controlled Pratas Islands.
Taiwan is calling China's repeated military actions near the island a “grey zone” war designed to both wear down Taiwanese forces by regularly forcing them into the air, and test Taiwan's reaction.
The latest Chinese mission included 17 fighter jets and six H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare, early warning, anti-submarine aircraft and a tanker aircraft, the Taiwan Defense Ministry said.
< p>Some aircraft flew over the area northeast of the Pratas Islands, according to a map provided by the ministry.