A Chinese military aircraft violated South Korea’s air defense identification zone (KADIZ) on Friday, Yonhap News Agency reported citing Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
The aircraft, presumed to be a Y-9 surveillance aircraft, first entered the KADIZ at 10:05 a.m. from an area west of Ieodo, a submerged rock south of Jeju Island, and exited the zone at 10:53 a.m. It later re-entered the zone two more times before its last exit at 1:36 p.m.
The incident prompted the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) to deploy its fighters to intercept and escort the Chinese aircraft out of the KADIZ.
According to a JCS official, the Chinese aircraft didn’t violate the Republic of Korea’s territorial airspace.
An Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is airspace over land or water in which the identification, location, and control of civil aircraft are performed in the interest of national security. They may extend beyond a country’s territory to give the country more time to respond to possibly hostile aircraft.
The KADIZ intrusion came ahead of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Seoul next week. According to reports, Chinese military aircraft breached the KADIZ more than two dozen times this year.