Taiwan reports surge in Chinese aircraft in defence zone

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By Ben Blanchard and Yimou Lee TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan reported the largest ever incursion by China’s air force into its air defence zone on Monday at 52 aircraft, saying the Taiwanese air force had to scramble for the fourth straight day to warn off the intruders, as tensions spiralled. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of its air defence zone close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands. But since Friday, when China marked its national day, the country ha…

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