China J-16 fighter sits on runway
21 Chinese warplanes — including ten advanced J-16 fighters — flew into Taiwan's air defense zone on Tuesday, on the same day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taipei.Getty Images
  • On Tuesday, 21 Chinese warplanes flew into Taiwan.

  • There were 10 J-16 fighter jets in the sortie.

  • On the day Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan, the warplanes flew through the ADIZ.

Taiwan's Ministry of Defense said that 21 Chinese warplanes flew into Taiwan's air defense zone on Tuesday.

The People's Liberation Army Air Force planes included ten of its newer J-16 fighters, eight J-11 fighter jets, one KJ500 airborne early warning and control aircraft, one Y-9 warfare electronic plane, and one Y-8 transport aircraft.

The J-16 is a fourth- generation fighter jet. The fighter has a 30mm cannon, 12 air-to-air missiles, rockets and satellite-guided bombs. A China-based military analyst told the South China Morning Post that the jet was designed for assaults on Taiwan.

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According to flight path maps posted on the Ministry of Defense's website, the aircraft flew through the southwestern part of the ADIZ. Four J-16s flew along the Taiwan Strait on Monday. Taiwan's defense ministry said patrol aircraft were tasked to respond, radio warnings were issued, and air and missile defense systems monitored the situation.

On the same day Pelosi visited Taiwan, warplanes entered the ADIZ. She is the highest ranking US official to visit the island in 25 years.

The People's Liberation Army of China warned that it would not sit idly by if she visited the island.

A J-16 fighter jet performing during a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force Aviation Open Day in Changchun in China's northeastern Jilin province, October 17, 2019.STR/AFP via Getty Images

The People's Liberation Army will hold military operations around the island in response to her arrival. The Chinese military will conduct live-fire drills in six areas surrounding Taiwan from August 4 to 7.

The drills, which began Tuesday night, will include air and maritime exercises, as well as the firing of missiles and long-range cannons, according to Chinese media.

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